Entering last weekend’s Class 3A boys state golf tournament in Bloomington, Lake Forest High School’s Scouts had won a sectional, a regional, the North Suburban Conference Meet, the New Trier Invitational and a home invite.
LFHS was hot, hot, hot.
Then it snowed in the middle of Day 1 at state October 12.
A half-inch of the white stuff covered the greens at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course.
“They were unputtable,” Lake Forest coach Jim Matheson said.
Tournament officials reduced the tournament from a 36-hole event to an 18-hole event.
Every qualifier had to start over on October 13.
Matheson’s boys made another run at state hardware (top 3 teams) before settling for a fourth-place showing with a 15-over-par 303. Scouts junior Patrick Moorhead shot a 1-over 73 to tie New Trier junior Daniel Tanaka and two others for ninth place.
Loyola Academy senior Peter Radler ended up as the North Shore’s top individual with a fifth-place-tying 72.
Radler, Tanaka and the bucket-hat-wearing Moorhead, a fun-loving lefty, returned home as all-staters.
“His swing was great at the end of the season,” Matheson said of Moorhead. “His swing … it was just consistent, methodical. It got to the point where it never got too far off line.”
Moorhead carded three birdie, including holes 9 and 10.
“Patrick,” the coach added, “makes enough birdies in his rounds. If he bogeys a hole, he usually sets himself up for birdie putts at the next three holes.”
Senior Danny Fisher emerged as the Scouts’ No. 2 scorer last weekend with a 75 (18th-place tie), followed by freshman Jack Marshall (76), senior Sam Davis (79), sophomore Charlie Haggerty (79) and sophomore Colin Jasper (81).
Each qualifying team’s top four scores counted.
Hinsdale Central (297), Stevenson (298) and Lockport (299) finished 1-2-3.
“Our guys wanted the team to finish in the top three, badly,” Matheson said. “So badly that a conversation about any individual’s performance never came up. We’d been playing so well as a team in the last three, four weeks.
“Such a good group of guys,” the coach added. “They all got along, all liked to hang out together. We ate a lot of great meals together.”
Radler and Loyola Academy’s Ramblers took fifth place (303), a scant one stroke heavier than LF’s total. LA’s Nos. 2-5 scorers were seniors Jack Crawshaw (75), Christopher Lee (78) and Ryan Savarie (79) and sophomore Patrick Adler (79). Ramblers junior Sam Maylee (82) also toured The Den.
Tanaka and his New Trier teammates finished in ninth place (312). Trevians sophomore Charlie Creamean shot a 75, five shots better than junior teammate Brian Joseph’s round.
“[Tanaka] attacked the course when he needed to and played smart when the pins dictated that he play it safe,” Trevians golf coach Pete Drevline said, adding Tanaka’s even demeanor on the golf course impresses him almost as much as his golf abilities.
“Daniel used his length and superb ball-striking skills under difficult conditions. He accepted each shot as a challenge.”
At the Class 1A state tournament held at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington last weekend, North Shore Country Day School’s Raiders tied for eighth place with a 359. Inclement weather forced officials to reduce the tournament to an 18-hole event. Sophomore Eli Sherman paced the Raiders with a 12-over 84. Scores from seniors Ward Madigan (91) and Quinn Connolly (91) and junior Henry Echt (93) also counted for the Winnetka school on October 13.
Girls golf: Four state meets, four top-10 finishes.
A New Trier High School student named Penny produced those invaluable results for the school’s varsity golf program. Senior Penelope Tir — last year’s Class 2A state medalist for the team state champion — finished fourth in her final season at last weekend’s state tournament at Hickory Point Golf Course in Forsyth.
Her two-round total of 147 (73-74) trailed state champion Lauren Beaudreau of Benet Academy by seven strokes. Tir, who took medalist honors at the Conant Sectional October 8, tied for sixth place at state as a freshman and tied for fourth place at state in her sophomore season.
“Fantastic career,” said Trevians coach Scott Fricke, whose 2018 squad placed fourth (627) — three shots more than third-place Lincoln-Way Central’s total.
“Penny,” he added, “is one of the best we’ve ever seen here at New Trier.”
Senior Lizzie Kenter emerged as the Trevians’ No. 2 scorer, carding an 80 on October 12 and a 75 the next day. NT sophomore Audrey Tir (83-79) and senior Abbie Kaestle (84-79) contributed to NT’s total, too.
Loyola Academy’s Ramblers, meanwhile, placed sixth with a 635 total behind senior Lilly Gentzkow’s 152 (76-76), good for 13th place overall. LA’s Nos. 2-4 scorers were junior and reigning Loyola Academy Regional medalist Mary Boesen (80-79), senior Shea Graf (80-82) and junior Grace Kryscio (82-80).
North Shore Country Day School sophomore Caroline Gray tied for 25th place (85-80) at last weekend’s Class 1A state tournament at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur.
New Trier JV girls golf: Andy Horne had plenty of reasons — six, to be exact — to tout his Trevians’ dominant effort at the Central Suburban League South JV tournament last month.
The coach’s top six golfers finished 1-2-3-4-5-6 at the six-team gathering.
“I’d never seen that at a league meet,” said Horner, who coached his 15th season at the school this fall.
Five of the six are freshmen, including medalist Amelia Morris, who shot a 76. Freshmen Carter Sichol and Siara Patel tied for runner-up honors with 77s, followed by sophomore Elsa Vieregg (78) and freshmen Peyton Sichol (82) and Courtney Schumacher (84).
“Our freshman class is really deep, really strong,” Horne said, adding Morris and Carter Sichol served as varsity alternates for the state series.
His quick take on two of the JVers:
On Patel: “Works really hard, loves the game.”
On Schumacher: “Great athlete. She also plays hockey and baseball.”
Seniors Maggie Samson and Isabella Roselli and sophomores Kate Thompson and Maggie Larkinn also hit the courses for the JV squad in the 2018 season.