Kane embraces international challenge
Loyola's Isabelle Kane tees off on the final day of the Midwest Junior Players Championship at Hilton Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale on July 19. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
At Niles West, 4 p.m.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
At Niles West, 4:15 p.m.
Hosts Glenbrook S. at Munz Campus, 4:30 p.m.
At Dublin, Ireland vs. Dallas Jesuit, 9 a.m.
At Buffalo Grove, 10:30 a.m.
Hosts York at Glencoe G.C., 4:15 p.m.
Hosts Steinmetz, at Munz Campus, 4:30 p.m.
At Evanston Twp., 5 p.m.
Hosts St. Ignatius, 5 p.m.
At TBA vs. Edwardsville, 1 p.m.
At TBA vs. Edwardsville, 8 a.m.
At Highland Park, 6 p.m.
At New Trier vs. TBA, 5 p.m.
At New Trier vs. TBA, 9 a.m.
At DeLaSalle, 6 p.m.
Updated: October 1, 2012 4:54PM
The only international golf that Isabelle Kane has ever played has been on family vacations in Canada.
This week, the Loyola junior will tee it up in one of golf’s best locations as the school’s boys and girls varsity golf teams join a contingent heading to Ireland to watch the Loyola football team play Jesuit Dallas in Dublin on Friday.
“Never been,” Kane said of Ireland. “Been to France. The golf is supposed to be really different because of the conditions.
“We definitely have been excited about this for a long time.”
The Ramblers are taking 21 varsity golfers to Ireland and will play three courses in four days, including Kildare’s K Club, the site of the 2006 Ryder Cup. They will also play the Island Golf Club and Portmarnock in Dublin.
“I know it’s going to be rainy and windy,” Kane said. “It will be interesting.”
Loyola boys golf coach Tim Kane said that the school wanted to involve more people and reached out to the golf teams, a natural fit for a trip to Ireland.
“They didn’t want it to be just a football trip,” Tim Kane said. “That’s why it was opened up to other groups.”
Initially, the Ramblers were going to compete against Jesuit Dallas on the course. But the Rangers couldn’t make it work.
“It would’ve been nice to play that team, but it’s a privilege to go, no matter what,” Isabelle Kane said.
Both the boys and girls are off to good starts this season. Led by medalist Michael Hultquist, the boys won a tournament on Aug. 14 at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville. Isabelle Kane and the girls team also own a tournament victory this year.
Neither team has played since Aug. 18.
“Our team is looking pretty good so far,” said Isabelle Kane, who finished first overall in her team’s win. “I’ve been playing really well.” ~.