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Boys Golf: Lemont wins South Suburban Blue Tournament title

Lemont's Ben Groselak watches his approach green North 1 Broken Arrow Golf Course Lockport Monday Sep. 30 2013. | Mike

Lemont's Ben Groselak watches his approach to the green on North 1 at Broken Arrow Golf Course in Lockport on Monday, Sep. 30, 2013. | Mike Mantucca~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 2, 2013 6:16AM



Could Oak Forest finally unseat Lemont in the South Suburban Blue Tournament?

That was the cardinal question heading into Monday’s competition at Broken Arrow in Lockport. The two programs posted similar scores for most of the season, but Lemont has owned the conference, scoring seven straight championships under coach Mark Hollatz dating to the launch of the league.

Add another to the list.

Ben Groselak fired a 2-over-par 74 and Matt Groebe had a 75 as Lemont won its eighth straight conference crown with a 313, topping Oak Forest (332), Tinley Park (376) and four other teams on Broken Arrow’s North and South courses.

“It was a great day to play,” Groselak said, who finished with three birdies for medalist honors. “The weather was perfect and the course was in great shape. I felt like it was me vs. Groebe. I talked to him after 15 holes and he was right around where I was. It was exciting coming down to the last few.”

Groebe finished with two birdies and said he hit “a monster 60-foot” putt on No. 7 of the North Course.

“I hit a triple bogey on my third. It was looking pretty bleak after nine,” Groebe said. “But I came back on the back nine, which I was pretty happy about. My putting was on.”

The 313 was the best total of the year for Lemont, which continues to trim strokes heading into state postseason play. Joe Ziebell added an 80 for third place, and P.J. Pipes and Joe Pavlovic had 84s for the Indians.

Oak Forest was led by fourth-place finisher Scott Borden’s 81. Dave Karworski and Dylan Ross added 82s for the Bengals.

“We beat Lemont by a stroke at our home course (George Dunne) earlier this season,” Borden said. “We thought it would be a little closer than it was.

“I finished with three birdies, so I thought that was pretty good,” Borden added. “I was 3-over after 14 holes, but I started looking at the score and I blew up.”

Tinley Park’s Nolan Jasek (86) finished ninth.



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