BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland men’s golf coach Chris Baloga has announced the signing of Preston Ball and Steven Weingroff to National Letters of Intent. The duo will join the Greyhounds’ program in the fall as the Class of 2020.
“I am thrilled to have both Steven and Preston join the Greyhounds next fall,” Baloga said. “They are both extremely hard workers on the course and in the classroom, and they will fit seamlessly into the culture that we have established for our golf program. I expect them to have an immediate impact on the program and continue to help us succeed in the Patriot League.”
Ball was named the NCISAA EPIC Conference Player of the Year in 2015 after helping St. David’s School in Raleigh, North Carolina, to three-straight NCISAA 2A State runner-up finishes. A co-captain and two-time all-state performer for the Warriors’ golf team, Ball also qualified for the 2014 and 2015 USGA Junior Amateur Championships and was the 2014 Sedgefield Junior Amateur Champion.
“I’m excited to come to Loyola and be a part of the golf program,” Ball said. “One big reason I chose Loyola was because of Coach Baloga. The schedule was also a big part of my decision, as they play at ACC and other big schools. I hope to have an opportunity to play as a freshman and I look forward to competing against top competition.”
Weingroff was a two-time second-team All-State golfer at Bergen Catholic, helping his high school team to the top ranking in New Jersey. A native of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, Weingroff has logged a pair of top-10 finishes in AJGA competitions, including finishing runner-up at the David Leadbetter Junior Championships in 2014. He also finished tied for 10th at the Lockton/Samsung Kansas City Junior that year and has competed in numerous events on the Florida Junior Tour and at high-level amateur events.
“I chose Loyola because Coach Baloga is a great coach,” Weingroff said. “I have a lot of respect for him and what the program has done over the past five years; they’ve developed so much so quickly that it’s exciting. Loyola is also a program that I know will help me get better, while I can help the team get better. It’s an environment that’s perfect for me, so I’m excited to hop on board and help grow the program more.”