Golf gears up for homestretch

By on October 1, 2009

Kaneland golfers had satisfactory outings vs. Belvidere North and at the Fran Noyes Invite, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

On Monday against the fledgling vistors, the Knights improved to 5-7 in dual competition with a 176-183 win at Hughes Creek.

On Saturday, out of 22 teams at Genoa-Kingston, KHS took 11th with a score of 86.

Monday saw Hayley Guyton shoot a 42, good for medalist honors. Troy Krueger managed a 44, followed by J.C. Gillett and Josh Schuberg hitting a 45.

On the JV front, the Knights took care of Belvidere North by a 186-205 final. Sean Glennon and Adam Grams shot a 46, while Rhys Childs and Anthony Sperando found a 47 on the course to key the victory.

In the Noyes Invite, which uses Stableford scoring, incorporating higher point totals for successful shots on the course, Kaneland’s total was ahead of Timothy Christian’s 86, and behind Rockford Christian’s 88. Rockford Lutheran (126) and Rockford Boylan (113) finished with the two best days.

“It rewards birdies and eagles more than pars, and it’s kind of fun. The kids need to try and be aggressive,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said on Saturday.

As the regular season hits its end, Meyer looks for the regionals to be the Knights’ time to shine.

“Our eyes are set first on the conference,” Meyer said. “We want to finish a couple slots higher than we are at the beginning, either sixth or seventh. The kids that do well at regionals are the ones that can settle their nerves a little bit. The regionals have been on the calendar since the beginning of the year, and those that are confident enough look forward to that.”

Tuesday, Oct. 6, sees KHS hit the LaSalle-Peru Regional, with sectionals hosted by Sterling on Monday, Oct. 12.