Boys Golf: Naperville North storms to 15-stroke winJack Corrigan of Benet Academy tees off during the Naperville High School Golf Tournament at Naperville Country Club on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 14, 2012 7:39PM
Expectations for Naperville North’s boys golf team have never been higher, and the Huskies are off to a flying start.
A day after tying state-title hopeful Lyons in the season opener, the Huskies posted a 310 at Tuesday’s Naperville City Championship at Naperville Country Club to win the 10th-annual event by 15 strokes over Neuqua Valley.
“The course is set up real hard,” said Naperville North coach Ryan Hantak, noting that his team shot 17 strokes worse than Monday’s opener at Naperbrook. “It’s really set up hard. The conditions were great. The course is the nicest course we’ll play all year. It was really difficult to break 320 today.”
Thanks to the team’s depth, the Huskies were able to do that Tuesday. Senior Braden Klaisle was the tournament’s medalist, shooting a 76. Sean McDonnell, Nick Harris and Pat Hendrickson, the bottom three golfers of the six who played for North, each shot 78s, as did four-year star Raymond Knoll.
Klaisle is building off winning the Illinois Junior Golf Association’s Player of the Year award over the summer.
“This course is really, really tough,” Klaisle said. “To come out and shoot as well as we did, we had five rounds in the 70s, that’s really good. That just shows that we’re ready to go.”
Neuqua Valley received solid performances from Jason Roach (78) and Nick Rouches (79) en route to a second-place 325, a day after finishing only two strokes behind North and Lyons in the season opener. Ian Nebendahl and Jimmy Roach each shot 84s for the Wildcats.
“We did pretty well,” Neuqua coach Spike Grossheusch said. “The course was really set up to probably have the golfers that are really good get challenged. It’s good that we could play a course like this, with this difficulty level, and come out pretty well.”
Metea Valley didn’t have anybody break 80, but the Mustangs still shot a 338 as a team to take third. Dayne Nelson led the way with an 82.
Waubonsie Valley had a rough day, with Tate Anderson’s 84 helping the Warriors to a 346. Benet was paced by 86s from Brock Jameson and Bryson Vargas en route to a 351. Naperville Central struggled to a 357 after No. 1 golfer Peter Mandich withdrew from the tournament after five holes while not feeling well. Jack Hawes and Eddie Lieser each shot 84s for the Redhawks.