Nov. 14, 2011
SEVERNA PARK, Md. - Loyola University Maryland men's golf coach Chris Baloga has been named the Maryland State Golf Association's Player of the Year for the second-straight year, as announced this weekend by the Maryland State Golf Association.
Baloga becomes the first player in the five-year history of the awards to be a repeat winner. The Towson, Md., native finished the year with a total of 635 after earning points in eight of nine events. He won top honors last year with a record-setting 910 total.
"While this year was not as good overall as last year, I've learned not to get too high or too low emotionally and focus on the next shot," Baloga said recently. "I'm trying to be more positive and think about the right things.
"Last year, I worked really hard to be a more consistent putter. I worked on it over the winter and I'm definitely better than I was. After the Mid-Am, though, I switched drivers. If you don't drive it well, it's a struggle to shoot good scores."
Baloga has finished in the top three of the final rankings each of the last four years. He finished third in 2008 and second in 2009 before winning the title the last two seasons.