Nov. 15, 2011
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland men's golf coach Chris Baloga has announced that two of the region's top golfers - Keegan Boone and Jimmy Dengler - will join the Greyhounds program in the fall as the Class of 2016.
Boone, the top golfer out of the state of Maryland, played at Gonzaga College High School in Bethesda, Md. Boone finished third at the Maryland State Junior Tournament as both a sophomore and junior and qualified for the 2011 USGA Junior Amateur in Bremerton, Wash., missing match play by one shot. He was named to the Washington All-Metro First Team last year and has finished in the top 25 in American Junior Golf Association competitions five times throughout the past two years.
"Keegan has been one of the foremost junior golfers in the state and region for many years," Baloga said. "He hits it long off the tee and has a very good short game. He will be the sixth player in the last 10 years to come to the Greyhounds golf squad from Gonzaga College High School, joining some of the best players in program history in Will Shriver, Chris Derby, Michael Mulieri, Jay Mulieri and Ryan McCarthy."
Dengler is the 149th-ranked recruit out of the Class of 2012 by Golfweek and the 87th by Polo Golf Ranking. The Rumson, N.J., native joins the Greyhounds from the Christian Brothers Academy where he earned five top-25 finishes in AJGA tournaments in 2011, including runner-up honors at Basking Ridge Junior and a third-place finish at the Genesis Junior at White Beeches. Dengler, a guard on the varsity basketball team, was named to the first-team all-state and first-team all-conference golf teams as a junior.
"Jimmy is a great athlete and natural player," Baloga said. "He is an incredibly accurate driver of the ball and is a terrific putter. He is a relatively late bloomer whose game has really come on strong in the last two years."