Baloga Wins Maryland Player Of The Year Race

Nov. 18, 2010

BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland head men's golf coach Chris Baloga capped his first fall season at the head of the Greyhounds with a major accomplishment of his own, winning the Maryland State Golf Association's Player of the Year award in record-setting fashion.

"It was a pretty good year," Baloga said. "It was nice to finally slide ahead and I'm happy to finish first."

Baloga registered points in nine events before securing the award with an eighth-place finish at the Middle Atlantic Amateur on October 3. Baloga scored a record 910 points in 10 events this year to win, using three events to earn more than two-thirds of his points en route to the title.

Baloga compiled five top-five finishes this year.

The Loyola coach finished second in the standings last year after coming in third two years ago.

Baloga shot 66-69--135 to win the MSGA Mid-Amateur on August 20, setting several records along the way. He won three events on the year in addition to a second-place finish at the U.S. Amateur Qualifier in July.