Golf Preview: Familiar faces lead charge to the green
Photos: Junior Matt Yonkovich (right) concentrates before his putt during the varsity golf regional last year at The Highlands in Elgin. Brody Kuhar (below) drives onto the green during the 2011 Boys IHSA Golf Regional. File Photos
KHS golf looks to improve upon 8-4 dual meet finish a year ago
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—You’ll have to excuse seventh-year coach Mark Meyer for not approaching 2012 with trepidation.
Yes, the Knight golfers have to go into battle without their departed senior captain trio of Troy Krueger, Adam Grams and Zach Douglas.
But Meyer is confident that the remaining names jotted on the scorecard a year ago can achieve great heights this year.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Meyer said. “We may not be quite as deep, but we have a lot of talent at the top.”
Finishing 8-4 in dual competition and earning a fifth-place nod at the Northern Illinois Big XII meet a year ago, Meyer will count on a top five of seniors Luke Kreiter, Sean Glennon and Connor Williams, juniors Brody Kuhar and Matt Yonkovich.
Yonkovich was the lone individual to advance to sectionals in 2011 as a sophomore, shooting an 80 at regionals to help cap his first varsity year.
“Kuhar and Yonkovich came up with the two best averages on the team last season, they really stepped up their game. Luke is becoming a great golfer,” Meyer said.
While the lineup’s last spot has yet to be filled, the Knights will depend on a consistent score from everyone.
“We have three golfers that are capable of shooting low 70s. We’ll have to see about that last spot and that’ll help the depth, but we’re looking for consistent scores,” Meyer said.
The Knights won’t rest easy on the links with the beginning of the season already under their belt with meets in Plainfield and Geneva, and they look forward to the meet with Marengo on Thursday, Aug. 23.
“It can only help. A bad start won’t doom you, but a good start can help set expectations for you,” Meyer said.
Kaneland’s first home NIB-12 meet is with visiting DeKalb on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Golf season already underway
Kaneland High School golf has looked productive in its first couple of outings.
The team kicked off the KHS athletic season with a third-place finish in the Plainfield North Invite on Aug. 13. Its team-wide score of 314 was just behind Benet Academy’s 306 and Lockport’s 312. KHS finished just ahead of Marmion at 314 in the 16-team meet.
Kuhar earned the top morning for the Knights with a score of 75, which included a round of 37. Teammate Matt Yonkovich shot a 77 to prop Kaneland up in the 16-team invite.
Last Thursday at the Geneva Invite, the Knights took fourth with a total of 304. Marmion’s 288 accumulation was good for the win. Kuhar managed a 74 tally for 10th overall and best on the team.
Varsity Golf Schedule
• Monday, Aug. 13; 7 a.m.
At Plainfield North Invite
• Thursday, Aug. 16; 7:30 a.m.
At Geneva Invite
• Saturday, Aug. 18; 8 a.m.
At Lemont Invite
• Wednesday, Aug. 22; 4 p.m.
At Rochelle Twp HS
• Thursday, Aug. 23; 4 p.m.
At Marengo Comm HS
• Friday, Aug. 24; 4 p.m.
At W. Aurora High School
• Monday, Aug. 27; 2 p.m.
At 18-hole Quad at Mill Creek
• Tuesday, Aug. 28; 4 p.m.
Home vs. DeKalb High School
• Thursday, Aug. 30; 4 p.m.
At Sterling High School
• Tuesday, Sept. 4; 4 p.m.
Home vs. Wheaton Academy
• Wednesday, Sept. 5; 4 p.m.
Home vs. Hinckley-Big Rock HS
• Friday, Sept. 7; 4 p.m.
At Yorkville High School
• Saturday, Sept. 8; 8 a.m.
At Batavia Invite
• Tuesday, Sept. 11; 4 p.m.
Home vs. Sycamore High School
• Tuesday, Sept. 18; 4 p.m.
Home vs. Morris High School
• Wednesday, Sept. 19; 4:30 p.m.
At Jacobs High School
• Saturday, Sept. 22; 8 p.m.
At Genoa Kingston Invite
• Wednesday, Sept. 26; 8 a.m.
At NIB XII Conference