Boys Golf: Costello, Providence impressive
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media August 24, 2013 9:54PM
Updated: September 26, 2013 6:57AM
Four tournaments into his high school career and Providence freshman Ricky Costello is playing like one of the state’s elite.
Costello earned his second tournament title Saturday with a 2-under 70 at the 16-school Mount Carmel Invitational.
Costello fired a 33 on the front nine at Water’s Edge in Worth, including a 30-yard chip-in on No. 4 for one of his six birdies on the day. His performance followed a 1-under 71 for top honors at Broken Arrow on Friday.
“I played really well on the front nine, got lucky on a few shots,” Costello said. “I birdied two in a row and got down to 4-under, and then I made a pretty good bogey on No. 8. I was in the trees, but I ended up getting up and down from there for a bogey.”
Costello helped Providence to a 307, which was good for an 11-stroke victory over the invite’s reigning champion Oak Park-River Forest.
Kevin McEneany added a 79, and Mickey Brick and Will McCabe each had 80s for the Celtics.
“I’m liking it,” Costello said. “The first two tournaments I wasn’t used to it, with a shotgun start and being the mentality of playing for a team. It was a different experience for me, but then I started settling down.”
Providence has won three tournaments in four tries, with a runner-up finish to reigning state champion Hinsdale Central.
Behind the efforts of runner-up Matt Pawlak (75) and sixth-place finisher Tim Papernik (78), Brother Rice posted a 323 to tie Homewood-Flossmoor for third place. H-F was led by Jack Mulligan’s 78, which beat Papernik on a scorecard tie. Loyola took fifth with a 327.
“I play here all the time and know the course,” Pawlak said. “I didn’t get too aggressive out here, which can get you into trouble.
“I was playing lights-out on the back nine,” added Pawlak, who started his round on the 10th hole. “But then my score started getting to me. I started thinking about winning the tournament and then I hit a double-bogey on the first hole.”
Chicago Christian’s Blaine Wright and Fenwick’s Brian Boyle tied for third with 77s. Chicago Christian and Fenwick tied for seventh (336).
Trevor Fox shot a 79 to lead Marist (336) to a sixth-place finish.