Champions—Twice As Nice
Brody Kuhar led KHS with a score of 73 at the Northern Illinois Big XII meet in LaSalle, Ill. File Photo
Golfers win NIB-12, then regional, in 5-day stretch
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Much like the ball off a drive, the Knights’ golf team’s fortunes keep going up and forward.
With a considerably better showing this year compared to the 2011 postseason that saw just one individual advance to Sectionals, the Kaneland lineup was crowned Sycamore Regional champion after play on Monday.
Kaneland’s score was a meet-best 302, followed by fellow advancing teams Wheaton Academy (319) and Burlington Central (322).
“We’re starting to get hot at the right time,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said. “Several guys struggled on the front nine, but came back on the back nine, and we have some people at the bottom of the scorecard playing better and stepping up.”
Junior Matt Yonkovich, the lone sectional golfer from KHS a year ago, led the way with a 72. He was followed by senior Luke Kreiter with a 75.
Kreiter was cited by Meyer as the lone golfer who didn’t struggle on the front nine.
“I just went out there and hit good drives,” Kreiter said. “I took that to the hole. I hit a speed bump on hole eight, but came back.”
Brody Kuhar shot a 76, followed by Sean Glennon’s 79, Dan Miller’s 81 and Connor Williams’ 87.
Kreiter feels that the team is playing at a high level compared to a year ago.
“I think we came into last year’s regional a little nervous, but this year we knew if we play our best, we’ll pull through,” Kreiter said.
The good fortune for the week began at the Sept. 26 Northern Illinois Big XII meet hosted by LaSalle-Peru.
Kaneland captured the East bracket with a 310 clip, followed by Yorkville’s 325 and Sycamore’s 333. Morris (347), Rochelle (348) and DeKalb (349) rounded out the six. Ottawa’s 318 was tops for the West.
Brody Kuhar’s 73 was tops for the entire field, followed by Ottawa’s Lane Barbier (75).
Yonkovich (76) and Kreiter (80) also provided firepower for the NIB-12 gathering.
Ahead for Kaneland is the sectional hosted by Belvidere North on Monday, Oct. 8, at Timberpointe Golf Course in Poplar Grove, Ill., featuring the advancing teams from the Vernon Hills Regional and the Dixon Regional.