2014 Golf Preview: Chipping away at challenges
Photo: Senior Jesse Denton tees off at the 10th hole during Monday’s Plainfield North Invitational. Photo by Mary Paulson
Kaneland Knight golf roster looks different at the top
KANELAND—In the most recent handful of Kaneland High School golf seasons, the caliber of play has yielded individual and team success.
Dual records, including nine dual wins a year ago, coupled with high-caliber athletes like Hayley Guyton, Brody Kuhar, Matt Yonkovich and Stephen Cannell, have made for a fun ride.
With the loss of personnel like fifth-place State finisher Yonkovich and teammate Brody Kuhar, the road back to considerable success could provide a challenge. However it’s something that Mark Meyer, now in his 10th season as head golf coach, has seen before.
“After 10 years, I feel like we’re good,” Meyer said. “It’s remained the same game here, and we’ve played a good game. I feel and think that golf is getting more popular.”
With Yonkovich and Kuhar responsible for so much good fortune on the Knight greens at Hughes Creek in Elburn and beyond, Meyer knows what must happen.
“Matt and Brody leaving has us with big shoes to fill,” Meyer said. “They were our top two players for three years. Last year, I think there was only one meet that we didn’t take their scores.”
Senior Jesse Denton and sophomore Jake Hed return to the varsity ranks and attempt to do damage to visiting lineups in the fall of 2014. Jeremy Faletto also returns, along with seniors Jacob Sheehan and Jacob Sanders. Sophomore Brett Glennon is also expected to see fairway time.
“We look for consistency and low scores. We have a lot of good seniors going for us, and it should be good,” Meyer said.
With the conference a breeding ground for rising teams and talent in the rough, Meyer thinks the KHS contingent can stand up to the rest, but the NIB12 is certainly not without its competitive teams.
“It kind of looks like DeKalb and Yorkville,” Meyer said. “Yorkville was good last season, but Morris also could step up.”
Additionally, Kaneland is projected to have a lineup of girl golfers able to compete at some select tournaments in 2014.
“We’re going to field a team, and it’ll be nice to have this year. We’re going to have Tori Guyton, a senior (medalist at NIB-12 tourament), her sister Paige, who’s a sophomore and comes over from soccer in the spring, Dominique Lee, a senior, and they’re joined by Julia Van Gemert.”
The first girls golf meet will be at the L-P Invite on Friday, Sept. 5, while the boys already teed off on Monday at the Plainfield North Invite and at Geneva on Tuesday. Tuesday, Aug. 26, represents the first NIB12 boys tussle against DeKalb at Hughes Creek.