Boys Golf: Sandburg’s Nick Adduce a ‘reliable’ team captain
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media October 6, 2013 9:24PM
Nick Adduce, of Sandburg. | Vincent D. Johnson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 8, 2013 6:12AM
Selecting the team captain was a “no-brainer” for Sandburg coach Jeff Kwilose.
With senior Nick Adduce atop the lineup, Kwilose had a returning regional champion and one of the top golfers in the Southland. But more than that, Kwilose respected the way Adduce went about his business on and off the course.
“He’s always representing our school and our team in a positive way,” Kwilose said. “You can trust him as the day is long.”
Adduce has answered the call with a stellar nine-hole average of 38.3, which Kwilose said is one of the best totals Sandburg has had in years.
“I just try to be consistent,” Adduce said. “I want to consistently have solid rounds so the team can rely on me.”
For Adduce, being accountable and reliable are two factors he’s most focused on as the captain and No. 1 player.
“There is some pressure with that, but I like it,” Adduce said. “I think it forces me to stay more in the zone and be more competitive. It makes me want to be more of a leader.”
College coaches are taking note. The sweet-swinging Adduce is starting to garner interest from programs at the next level — he’s in talks with Illinois Wesleyan and Carthage.
“Those are definitely two good options,” Adduce said. “I’d really like to have the same team atmosphere in college as I do in high school, athletically and socially. It’s nice to have a tight group of friends you can always rely on and be around.”
Adduce has a 3.75 GPA and a 25 on his ACT. He said the Eagles are a smart team all around, and they’ll need to be heading into Tuesday’s Class 3A Lemont Regional at Broken Arrow in Lockport.
With Providence, Lincoln-Way East, Lincoln-Way Central, Lockport and Joliet co-op among the field, several high-caliber teams will be going home early.
“I think it’s the hardest regional in the state,” Kwilose said. “But to be the best you’ve got to beat the best. We just have to do it a little sooner. If our guys bring their ‘A’ game, we can get out as a team. If Nick shoots what he can, he’ll get out individually.”
Sandburg fired a stout 306 to finish second behind Lockport in the SouthWest Suburban Blue on Oct. 1. Michael Misheck, Austin Wojtczk and Ronny Drabeck also are having strong seasons.
“We all get along well and really support each other,” Adduce said. “If we play like I know we can, we can make it to sectionals.”