Strong Sectional effort punches Knight golf’s State ticket
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland golf will be taking swings at Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13.
It’s not for a campus visit.
Kaneland is one of the exclusive teams that showed exceptional talent and scores at its sectional, qualifing as a team for the Class 2A State Tournament.
It marks the first time KHS has gone to State since 1995, and its first State go-around under coach Mark Meyer, now in his eighth year.
“All season long, we’ve stressed leaving numbers out of their heads and just focus on the next shot,” Meyer said. “It worked, and we are really excited to go.”
After advancing out of the Sycamore Regional on Oct. 3 as meet champion, Kaneland put together a team score of 352 to make the cut as the third best team by seven strokes over Sterling at the Belvidere North Sectional.
Ottawa was Sectional champ at 340, followed by Kaneland’s regional mate Wheaton Academy at 348.
Sterling (359) and Vernon Hills (363) rounded out the top five of the 12-team meet.
Ottawa’s Lane Barbier’s 77 was enough for medalist honors, and Andrew Blackburn of Sterling was the top individual to advance with a 79 score.
But the Knights’ team effort did the trick to extend the noteworthy 2012 season another week.
Junior Matt Yonkovich, the only KHS golfer to qualify for Sectionals in 2011, paced the lineup with an 84 score, followed by Luke Kreiter’s 86. Brody Kuhar shot an 89, while Connor Williams and Dan Miller shot 93 and 95, respectively.
“In golf, you just have to focus on one thing at a time, and the most important thing is that next shot. It can be difficult, but these guys managed to do it,” Meyer said.
Kaneland begins on the 10th tee beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, with Sean Glennon matching clubs with Washington’s Matt Johnson, Glenbard South’s Eli Qahhaar and Mt. Carmel’s Daniel Dydo.
The Knights have a practice round tomorrow at 10 a.m. before making the trek south for the State meet.