Weekend in Normal caps extraordinary golf campaign
Rain clips State tourney, but KHS fights hard in first trip since ’95
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It’ll be a trip to remember for Kaneland High School golf.
The Knight group, making its first trip to the big gathering in 17 years, pushed its way to 10th place overall after one day of Class 2A competition at Weibring Golf Club in Bloomington, Ill.
After three holes on Saturday, lightning paused play and after two hours of stoppage, the course was ruled unplayable, cementing the totals.
Kaneland’s 341 score was good for 10th overall, just two strokes behind local rival Wheaton Academy.
Belleville’s Althoff Catholic was first in a tiebreaker over Normal U-High with 321. Washington was third with 323.
Glenbard South took sixth with 327, while fellow Northern Illinois Big XII Conference school Ottawa finished eight with a 332 tally.
Normal U-High’s Adam Baracani was the top individual with a score of 72.
Leading the way for KHS was junior Matt Yonkovich with 83, good for a 42nd place tie.
Teammates Connor Williams and Luke Kreiter shot 85 for 55th place overall.
Brody Kuhar shot an 88th for 74th place, while Sean Glennon shot a 92 for 90th place.
Dan Miller shot 95 for 105th place.
Kreiter would have liked to get out there for more action, but is richer for the experience.
“Our first three holes on the second day were pretty good and we were getting better,” Kreiter said. “The first day, we were off to some bad shots. The front nine and back nine were about the same for me.”
For Kaneland, the 2012 season will stick out for those who are returning, and those that have swung their last driver for the Knights, like Kreiter.
“We put in a lot of work this year, guys like Glennon and Yonkovich and Kuhar. It was great to see and we’ve come a long way. We believed in ourselves this year,” Kreiter said.
The golf program and eighth-year coach Mark Meyer say goodbye to Glennon, Kreiter, Stephen McCracken, Miller and Williams.