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Yonkovich snatches All-State honor with fifth in Class 2A battle
KANELAND—Weibring Golf Club on the grounds of Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. might seem far away from the Kaneland High School area, but it provided an astounding athletic accomplishment for the golf arena.
With a 150 score, individual qualifier and Kaneland senior Matt Yonkovich earned an All-State honor and a fifth-place showing in the Class 2A tournament, which occurred on Friday and Saturday.
Tied with Triad’s Austin Buente, Yonkovich was just eight strokes away from first-place champ Danny Gorman of Rockford’s Boylan Catholic.
“I really (had) a good second day and I finished strong,” Yonkovich said. “It was better than the first day by far.”
Boylan Catholic, with a 622 score, also took the team title by one stroke over Dunlap.
Yonkovich split his weekend competition with an uptick toward the latter stages of play. The senior was in a tie for 23rd after Friday when he shot a 78, making 39 on both the front and back nines.
“I knew the way I was playing I could get back to State, and once I got there and got with the other guys, it was about being focused on every shot,” Yonkovich said.
The senior’s focus worked with a prolific Saturday, when he shot a 72 and jumped 18 places in the standings. Yonkovich shot a 35 on the front nine and a 37 on the back nine to conclude his journey, with one standout memory.
“There was a 210-yard shot that was a par three with a 35-mile an hour wind and I used a 4-iron and got it onto the green; and that ended up being my favorite shot,” Yonkovich said.
With Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar leaving the senior slot after this season, Kaneland golf will continue to see better days, according to the All-Stater.
“With guys like me and Brody and Stephen qualifying for State last year as a team, guys that are returning like Jesse Denton and Jake Hed have seen the energy in practice, and I think they can qualify again next year,” Yonkovich said.