Boys Golf: Jack Mulligan leads Homewood-Flossmoor to title at T.F. South Invitational
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media August 19, 2014 8:38PM
Sandburg's Austin Wojtczak chips a shot onto the green on the 9th hole at Balmoral Woods Country Club on August 19, 2014. | Jim Karczewski/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 20, 2014 2:12AM
It wasn’t a strong start Tuesday for Homewood-Flossmoor’s Jack Mulligan at the 20-team T.F. South Invitational. His finish, though, was a different story.
“I didn’t start very good at all,” Mulligan said. “But I made a birdie on the last hole and I made a good par save on the second-to-last, so I finished decent.”
It was a better conclusion than he thought. Mulligan’s showing on the final two holes helped Homewood-Flossmoor lock up the tournament crown at Balmoral Woods Country Club after a rain delay pushed tee times back 45 minutes. The Vikings finished with a 328 team score, outlasting Bradley (329) and Sandburg (330).
“I’m definitely enthusiastic about the way the kids played,” Homewood-Flossmoor coach Chris Stiglic. “The course played tough. I’m pleased to see the progress from this year to last year.”
Mulligan finished with a 6-over 78, which was good for third place in the 93-player field behind Kankakee’s Eric Marcotte (72) and Bradley’s Ryan Ponton (76).
Jack Calderone (83), Ted Wick (83) and Prestin Gennett (84) all finished in the top 15 for the Vikings.
Sandburg, which came in as the invite’s three-time champion, received top-10 finishes from John Calzeretta (81), Austin Wojtczak (81) and Will Schieber (82).
Eagles coach Jeff Kwilose said he was “happy with the guys” after the Eagles graduated nine of 14 players from a season ago.
Other top-10 finishers included Beecher’s Michael Barber (79), Rich East’s Caleb Warner (79) and Argo’s Richie Kaszuk (79). Kaszuk, a senior, said it was his best finish ever after taking up the sport as a freshman.
“I had no experience whatsoever when I started as a freshman,” Kaszuk said. “It feels pretty good. I never actually placed in a tournament, so I’m pretty excited about that.”
Kaszuk said he improved 41 strokes from his first tournament as a freshman compared with his result at Balmoral Woods.
T.F South’s Maggie Sloan finished 19th with an 86. Sloan plays the regular season as a member of the boys team. She finished 12th in state last season among the girls.