Photo: Adam Grams of the Kaneland golf squad is looked to for any chance at season and conference success in 2011. File photo
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—How does a golf squad repeat good fortune of a year ago, despite the loss of two intregral pieces?
KHS coach Mark Meyer, in his sixth season, has some ideas.
“We have good leaders and they know how to do things right,” Meyer said.
With the loss of Josh Schuberg and current Illinois State University Lady Redbird Hayley Guyton to graduation, Krueger and Grams, both seniors, bring their valuable experience on the links into positions of leadership.
A 9-2 dual meet mark and a first-place showing for a Northern Illinois Big XII East Division crown is fresh in their minds.
“The guys coming back like Troy and Adam and others aren’t the most vocal guys, but they know how to lead by example,” Meyer said. “Last year, we elevated our game as a team and shot great at the end. The team is feeling pretty confident and has been working hard in practice.”
The conference should get set for elevated play from a pair of Knight sophomores, Brody Kuhar and Matt Yonkovich.
Coach Meyer looks to turn home course Hughes Creek into an advantage, something that hasn’t always been the case.
“Sometimes we’ve played better away, but I don’t think that’ll be the case this year. It’s a grownup course, and the more you play it, the more you can get comfortable,” he said.
Captains for the roster are Grams, Krueger and fellow senior Anthony Sperando. Other returning seniors are Zach Douglas and Mitch Gemini.
Juniors are Sean Glennon, Luke Kreiter, Stephen McCracken, Dan Miller and Connor Williams, with Kuhar and Yonkovich as the sophs.
The Knights got started with a home matchup against Jacobs on Wednesday and travel to the Geneva Invite on Thursday. Wednesday, Aug. 24, marks the first NIB-12 matchup as the visiting Rochelle Hubs enter Hughes Creek.
“Ultimately, our season boils down to the big tournaments, that can lead to performing well at conference and even State,” Meyer said.