The shortest of the fall sports seasons, boys and girls golf load their schedule early in the season to take advantage of the typically milder weather in August and September. All high school golf teams already have competed in their conference meets and will be playing regional matches this week.
The highest conference finish for Woodstock-area teams goes to the Marian Central Catholic High School girls golf team that finished second in the East Suburban Catholic Conference Sept. 25 at Bonnie Brook Golf Course, Waukegan. The team was led by senior Lucca Kenyon, fifth place, and included senior Maria Mercurio, seventh; freshman Lauren McNulty, eighth; and senior Ally McNulty, 16th.
“I’m really pleased with how we played,” said Marian girls head coach Erin Carver. “[Bonnie Brook] is a very difficult course with narrow fairways.”
The varsity girls will play in the IHSA Class 2A Regional tournament at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Park Hills Golf Course in Freeport. Last year Marian competed in class 1A, but they have since been moved up.
Carver is confident in her girls’ ability, and she’s hoping they will be one of the top three teams to advance to the sectional tournament Monday, Oct. 9, at Makray Memorial Golf Club, Barrington.
“I’m feeling positive,” Carver said. “They have the potential to do well … they just have to believe.”
Marian boys golfers competed in the ESCC tournament Sept. 28 at Pine Meadows Golf Club, Mundelein. The team finished in seventh place. Junior Andrew Lydon medaled in the tournament, tying for 15th with a score of 80.
Coach Kevin Smith said Lydon and his brother, James, are his top two golfers, and both are capable of shooting in the low 80s. The varsity team is rounded out with senior Dante Bucci and sophomores Quinton Urban, Brogan Pivnicka and Daniel Stumpf.
The Marian boys team will compete in the IHSA Class 2A Regional tournament Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Abbey Springs Golf Course, Fontana. The top three teams will advance to sectionals along with the next top 10 individuals.
“We have a chance of getting through regionals,” Smith said. “All I can hope is that they all bring it.”
WHS/WNHS co-op girls
The Woodstock co-op has two girls who competed as individuals Sept. 27 in the Kishwaukee River Conference Girls Golf Tournament at Blackstone Golf Club, Marengo.
Senior Lynsie Pietrzak shot a 90 to earn second place.
“Lynsie had a very strong back 9,” said coach Brent Filetti.
Junior Kenna Miles finished fifth, scoring 97.
“It’s been a very positive season for us, going 5-0 in conference matchups in the regular season,” said Filetti.
The girls move on to the IHSA Regional tournament Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Park Hills in Freeport.
“They are both more than capable of going on,” said Filetti about the girls’ chances in the upcoming regional competition.
WHS/WNHS co-op boys
Woodstock’s Evan Bridges shot an 84 Sept. 26 at the KRC Boys Golf Tournament, landing him in a three-way tie for third place. The team placed third behind Richmond-Burton and Burlington Central in the tournament held at Blackstone.
The Woodstock co-op boys are looking ahead to the IHSA 3A Regional tournament at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Bull Valley Golf Club. Woodstock will enjoy home-course advantage as they host the tournament.
“There are a lot of good teams coming in so the boys are going to have to play extremely well to make it out as a team,” said Filetti.