Golf: Daniel DePrey wins Illinois Junior Golf Association Player of the Year Championship
By George Wilcox For Sun-Times Media August 5, 2013 10:22PM
Cary-Grove senior Daniel DePrey shot a career-best 65 in his second of two rounds Monday to win the Illinois Junior Golf Association's Player of the Year Championship. | George Wilcox~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 5, 2013 10:42PM
Daniel DePrey carded a triple bogey on one of his final holes during the first of his two rounds played Monday. The score gave him some big-time motivation for his second round in the afternoon.
The Cary-Grove senior shot a 6-under-par and career-best 65 in his final round to win the tournament title for the Senior Boys division (ages 16 to 18) at the Illinois Junior Golf Association’s Player of the Year Championship at Bowes Creek Country Club in Elgin.
DePrey (71-65—136) beat Mike Misheck, of Orland Park, by nine strokes in the 36-hole tournament. DePrey was awarded 4,000 points for the tournament win and overtook Thomas D. Dale, of Wheaton, for the overall player of the year points standings, 11,487.5-10,167.5. Dale finished 11th in Monday’s tournament.
DePrey shot even-par in the morning round, the round including a 6 on the par-3 16th hole. His tee shot went into the right hazard and he was forced to shoot out of drop zone covered in mud due to earlier showers that halted play for nearly 10 minutes.
After a lunch break, DePrey started again in the shotgun format from the first hole. He knew he could put together a special round when, on the third hole, his 6-iron shot came within five feet of the hole.
“That’s when I knew it was good,” DePrey said. “I felt like my first round again, but this time I knew I would not mess up like I did before (at No. 16).”
DePrey’s previous best career round was a 67 a few weeks ago at an IJGA regional at Palatine Hills.
DePrey’s 65 featured only one bogey, at the par-4 seventh. He had birdies on Nos 6, 8 and 9. He eagled the par-4 12th.
Hinsdale South sophomore Trent Caraher, of Darien won the Junior Division (14 and 15) with a 72-76—148. Caraher was seventh overall in the points standings. He finished his second round of the tournament with a double bogey at the par-4 seventh.
“I did very good,” Caraher said. “I felt good. I played good. I really enjoyed the course.”
Jessica Yuen, of Bolingbrook, scored 74-76—150 to win the Junior Girls Tournament.
“I didn’t play that good,” said Yuen, a Neuqua Valley sophomore. “(Monday) I couldn’t read the greens. All of my shots went everywhere.”
The Senior Girls Division tournament champion was Ally Scaccia (76-73—149), of Arlington Heights.