Boys State Golf: Lincoln-Way East finishes 12th overall
BY LOGAN MALLOY For Sun-Times Media October 19, 2013 10:10PM
Updated: November 21, 2013 7:05AM
BLOOMINGTON — Lincoln-Way Central senior Tony Kestel won’t forget his final shot.
Kestel, a four-year starter, birdied the last hole of his high school career Saturday at the Class 3A state tournament at The Den at Fox Creek. He placed 31st overall in the 112-person field after rounds of 77 and 79 for a two-day total of 12-over-par 156.
“It’s not like I was in contention or anything, but I wanted to birdie my last hole,” Kestel said. “I hit a six-footer for a birdie, so it’s kinda cool to end your career on that.”
Kestel was the top performer from the Southland in the Class 3A ranks. Afterwards, he reflected on his four years with the Knights.
“This has been the most fun I’ve had in high school — playing on the golf team,” said Kestel, who scored a 34 on his ACT. “Making friends, having fun playing golf, this was a great way to finish off my high school career.”
Kestel said he shot better on Saturday despite the superior score on Day 1.
Lincoln-Way East, the lone team qualifier from the area, placed 12th overall with a 75-over 651.
Hinsdale Central repeated as state champs with a 603, New Trier finished second at 616, and Glenbrook North, behind medalist Brian Ohr (68-73), tied Quincy for third at 617.
Jake White (75-82) led East with a 157 and finished 40th. Matt Contey put together a 160, and Tyler Kelly and Lee Hill added 167s for the Griffins.
Lockport junior Gehrig Hollatz finished 56th with a 161. Hollatz struggled at the start but rebounded with a 77 on Saturday.
Providence’s Dom Cascino (85-80) placed 74th. Teammate Ricky Costello, the Pekin Sectional champ, posted rounds of 88 and 83.
In Class 2A, Illiana Christian sophomore Mathew Zandstra and St. Laurence junior Jordan Velez tied for 31st with 18-over 160s at Illinois State’s Weibring Golf Club.
Zandstra seemed to get stronger as the tournament wore on. He closed his Day 2 round of 77 with a 1-under 34 on the front nine, making him one of just five competitors to go under par on Saturday’s frontside.
Zandstra garnered state experience last year when Illiana Christian qualified as a team. He was joined this season by junior Steven Massey, who finished 43rd with a 21-over 163.
“Trying to represent the school with just us two instead of the whole team is a different experience,” Zandstra said. “Still a lot of fun, though. I was really happy with (Saturday). I finished with eight pars and a birdie.”
Velez, a top-20 finisher as a freshman and sophomore, recorded rounds of 78 and 82.
“He could have finished higher,” St. Laurence coach Joe Sinisi said. “He just had some bad luck off the tee boxes