Boys and Girls State Golf: L-W East’s White leads area contenders
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media October 18, 2013 11:56PM
Updated: November 21, 2013 6:54AM
Three of the premier boys golfers from the SouthWest Suburban Conference find themselves among the top 30 after Day 1 of the Class 3A state tournament.
Lincoln-Way East junior Jake White leads the area pack with a 3-over-par 75 at The Den at Fox Creek in Bloomington. White sits tied for 16th and is two strokes shy of the top 10.
“It’s really fun to be down here,” White said. “I was glad to have a good round. It gives me some confidence going into (Saturday).”
White said he nailed a 12-foot putt for par on No. 11 to keep momentum going after carding his lone birdie on the previous hole.
“I was putting really well,” he said. “The greens are very quick. If you’re on top of the hole, it’s very quick coming down.”
Joliet co-op junior Trent Wallace and Lincoln-Way Central senior Tony Kestel weren’t far off the pace, tied for 29th with 77s in the 112-person field.
Wallace, 20th in state last season, rebounded from a rough start that saw him 4-over after his first six holes.
“He couldn’t buy a putt to save his life,” Joliet co-op coach Ed Larson said. “He turned it on on the backside and could have gone under par, but no love from the putter whatsoever.
“He had a few lip-outs that could have dropped,” Larson added. “We’re hoping the golf gods are aware of that and give him some love (Saturday).”
Glenbrook North’s Brian Ohr and Whitney Young’s Conor Dore lead the field with 68s. Ohr’s round included an eagle and three birdies. Dore carded four birdies and no bogeys.
Other notables include Homewood-Flossmoor’s Jack Mulligan (78), Lincoln-Way East’s Matt Contey (80) and Plainfield South’s Isaiah Pina (80).
In Class 2A, Illiana Christian’s Steven Massey is tied for 19th with a 6-over-par 77 at Illinois State’s Weibring Golf Club. St. Laurence junior Jordan Velez is one stroke behind Massey after finishing his round with consecutive birdies on the front nine.
East Peoria’s David Perkins (68) is first with a three-stroke lead over Indiana-bound Matt Weber, a senior at Burlington Central.
Lincoln-Way East’s Kelly Sterling was tied for 15th in the Class AA girls meet after carding a 4-over 76 at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur.
T.F. South’s Maggie Sloan (77) and De La Salle’s Emily Brown (79) were next among representatives from local schools.
Loyola (299) was in first behind individual leader Isabelle Kane (68). Sandburg (359), making its first appearance on the state level, ended the day tied for 11th with Edwardsville. Frankie Saban (83) and Emily Cosler (84) were the top golfers for the Eagles.
Lemont’s Bridget Lynn (85), Marist’s Ashley Kay (86) and Providence’s Alyssa Gromala (86) rounded out the list of area competitors.
Sarah Maddox, of Reed-Custer, posted an 81 in the Class A meet at Red Tail Run. Ridgewood’s Sabrina Bonanno, the reigning state medalist, paced all competitors with a 5-under 67. Nashville (325) held the top spot in the 12-team field.