Boys Golf: Jake White leads Lincoln-Way East to SouthWest Suburban Red Tournament title
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media October 1, 2013 3:36PM
Updated: November 3, 2013 6:26AM
Nothing — not even windy conditions nor two former champions breathing down his neck — was going to stifle Lincoln-Way East’s Jake White during Tuesday’s SouthWest Suburban Red Tournament.
White totaled six birdies as he carded a 2-over-par 74 for medalist honors at The Sanctuary in New Lenox, topping teammate Matt Contey and Lincoln-Way Central’s Tony Kestel by a single stroke.
“That’s the most birdies I’ve had in a round this year,” White said. “It feels really good, because those two (Contey and Kestel) are great players.”
East, which was a member of the SouthWest Suburban Blue before switching to the Red this season for enrollment purposes, stopped Lincoln-Way Central’s run of four straight conference titles.
The Griffins shot a 309, downing Central by eight strokes in winning their second straight conference crown.
“It’s a great feeling going out on top as a senior,” said Contey, the Blue title-holder the previous two seasons. “I’m a little disappointed I didn’t repeat again, but if anybody was going to beat me, I’m glad it’s my teammate.”
Lee Hill and Anthony Colangelo added 80s for the Griffins to finish in the top 10.
“They’re a great team,” said Kestel, Central’s reigning Red champion. “We just didn’t play well enough as a team to win, but congrats to them.”
Kestel said he was 1-under after No. 14 but “played poorly over the last few holes.”
Central’s Luke Bannerman (79) and Anthony Bolden (80) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Bradley (324) came in third behind fourth-place individual finisher Kyle Dwyer (78).
Lincoln-Way North’s Spencer Town was ninth with an 81 to lift the Phoenix (332) to a fourth-place finish in the six-team tournament.
Central will have another shot at the East on Oct. 8 at the Class 3A Lemont Regional. White and Co. will be waiting.
“This was a good win,” White said. “It should give us some confidence moving forward.”