Updated: March 3, 2014 11:07AM
Golf is a funny game full of ebbs and flows.
The Moraine Valley Community College men’s golf team experienced that a number of times this season, finishing a respectable year in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region IV tournament.
After starting the regional competition on a strong foot, led by a 78 shot by John Yerkes (Marist High School in Chicago) — his best score all season — the Cyclones slipped.
The greens were much faster and had more breaks than Moraine Valley was accustomed to, and they struggled to adjust.
The talent was there, but they skidded at the wrong time for a ninth-place finish, coach Bob Freudenthal said.
Jeff Cizek (Sandburg High School in Orland Park) led the scores with 82, 87 and 85 followed by Sandburg alum Joe Knight (83, 87, 84), Shepard High School product Pat Neylon (84, 94, 84), Lincoln-Way North High School grad Jack Misheck (88, 92, 86) and Yerkes (78, 94, 98).
“Almost all our guys ran into problems at the worst time of the season, but we didn’t finish last which is good,” Freudenthal said.
“I warned them of the faster greens, but they had trouble adjusting. Of all the factors, that was No. 1 in our performance. It is what it is.”
Although the season didn’t end how the team may have wanted, there were several highlights in 2013.
The Cyclones finished second in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference and three golfers were named to the All-Conference team: Knight, Misheck and Neylon.
“It was a respectable season overall,” Freudenthal said. “Anytime you come in second in conference, that’s noteworthy.
“We were first most of the season. Plus, we had three guys named to the All-Conference team.
“It just wasn’t satisfying because we didn’t get first or qualify anyone for nationals, but I look forward to next year.
“We should have a few of our freshmen back and there are several prospects, all of which could put us back in the mix next season.”