Boys golf: Lincoln-Way East earns Providence Invitational title
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media September 14, 2013 9:40PM
Updated: October 16, 2013 6:55AM
There’s nothing like a little home cooking.
Twenty-eight schools from all over the state made their way to The Sanctuary in New Lenox for the Providence Invitational on Saturday, yet the top three teams all happen to reside within six miles of the course.
Lincoln-Way East, behind a 1-over 73 from Victor Perez, topped Lincoln-Way Central on a scorecard tiebreaker after the rivals each fired a 305. Providence was just behind with a 306, paced by fourth-place finisher Ricky Costello (73) and Will McCabe (75).
Perez and Jake White finished in the top five for the Griffins, who placed fourth last year. Perez took third, White (74) finished fifth and captain Matt Conte added a 78.
“Anyone on this team can be the medalist,” Perez said after carding six birdies. “With the competition that was here, this win is definitely something we can build on as a team.”
Kyle Tebelman finished sixth and propelled Lincoln-Way Central with a 75. Tony Kestel added a 76, and Scott Mueller and Anthony Bolden had 77s for the Knights.
“It shows the importance of the fifth score,” Central coach Don Hayes said. “(East) was just a little better than us, otherwise this plaque would say first place and not second.
“I’m very happy with our finish,” Hayes added. “We didn’t start very well, and at one point I thought I’d be happy if we finished in the top 10.”
Joliet co-op’s Trent Wallace won individual honors with a 1-under 71, the lone score under par. Wallace finished second in the event last year with the same score but lost on a handicap tiebreaker.
“This course fits my game,” Wallace said. “I had three birdies, which is less than usual, but I limited my bogies.”
Wallace said he birdied No. 18 from 30 feet out on a chip-in to “get his round going.” He closed by parring his last five holes.
Lockport’s Gehrig Hollatz continued his stellar season with an even-par 72 for second place.