Brooke’s Lojszczyk improves in second trip to state tourney
WHEELING – With their hodgepodge of surname consonants and steady goals on the golf course, Logan Lojszczyk and Ron Ujcich are a capable combination.
The Brooke coach and Bruin junior golfer saw their objectives obtained on Wednesday at the West Virginia SSAC state golfer tournament.
Lojszczyk had a two-day total of 158 to place in a tie for third in Class AAA at Oglebay Park’s Speidel Golf Club.
“We’re very happy,” Ujcich said. “He’s worked very hard all year to get to this point. We were here last year and we didn’t get the best results from it.
“He worked very hard to get back here and he’s just elated.”
The first goal was to improve from last year’s results. Then a sophomore, Lojszczyk shot 89 on both days of the tournament. On Tuesday, as a junior, he accomplished that with an 82.
“I told myself I needed to do better,” Lojszczyk said. “And I did.”
That was the plan going into Wednesday, too. “We talked about him being in the 70s,” Ujcich said. “If he was in the 70s we figured he had a good chance to make the all-tournament team.”
With one birdie, three bogeys and “a whole lot of pars,” Lojszczyk accomplished a 76.
“The nerves went away,” he said. “I wasn’t really nervous at all. I was focused on my game and kept playing.”
Feeling those nerves a year ago, though, may have been the best preparation for a strong run in the 2013 tournament.
“It was good to see what it was all like last year,” Lojszczyk said. “That alone helped me have some confidence coming into this round.”
Ujcich, in his fifth season as Brooke golf coach, led Russell James to a second place finish four years ago.
“I’ve seen a lot of capable golfers come through over the years,” Ujcich said. “There’s been a few of (Lojszczyk and James’ caliber), but they’re the only two who have placed this well. It’s just wonderful that Logan has improved so dramatically.”
Lojszczyk is also a basketball player for the Bruins, but isn’t quite ready to get back on the hard wood. He’d like to stay on the links.
“I want to get prepared for next year,” he said. “I want to work hard and be the medalist.”
(Matthew Peaslee is a sports writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow @thempeas Twitter account.)