Boys Golf: Marist wins 3A regional title

Story Image Marist's Dan Cachey makes par putt on 18th hole Tuesday in the Marist Regional at Old Oak. | Tim Tierney~For Sun-Times Media

Updated: October 2, 2012 7:27PM

In a golf season Marist coach Joel Vickers described as having “a great start and a little slump in the middle,’’ Tuesday could be part of a strong finish for the RedHawks.

Led by medalist John Yerkes and runner-up Dan Sheely, Marist won its Class 3A regional over nine other teams at Old Oak Country Club in Homer Glen. Marist (327), second-place Brother Rice (360) and Stagg (370) all advance to the New Trier Sectional.

“We hadn’t won a regional in like 20 years, my coach was saying,’’ Yerkes said. “It’s a big accomplishment.’’

“It’s great, but like I told the boys we were the No. 1 seed going in,’’ Vickers said. “Now we need to do what people don’t expect us to do, and that’s qualify for state.’’

Yerkes shot 78 (40-38) over the 6,239-yard, par-71 course while Sheely was one stroke back (41-38).

“I just kept it simple, hitting fairways, hitting greens,’’ Yerkes said. “A couple of one-putts definitely were big for me. Whenever I had a bogey, I came back with three pars in a row.’’

“He always gets me,’’ Sheely said with a smile. “Johnny’s usually pretty consistent. It’s tough to get him. It was a good day though.’’

The other scorers for Marist were Dan Cachey with an 84 and Trevor Fox with 86.

“It was a tough course,’’ Vickers said. “Each had a bad hole where they could have thrown in the towel, but they didn’t.’’

Part of the great start to the season Vickers described was taking second place at the St. Laurence Invitational and winning the Brother Rice Invitational. A sixth-place finish at the East Suburban Catholic Conference meet was the “slump.”

“I don’t worry about these guys,’’ Vickers said. “They tough it out. That’s one concern I didn’t have, the mental part.’’

Brother Rice scorers were Will Saas (84), Tom Witte (90), Tyler Hayes (92) and Anthony Willner (94).

Trace Moustakas (85), Dan Naughton (93), Tim Mallder (94) and William Gierach (98) paced Stagg.

Richards’ Lucas Christian (90) and Oak Lawn’s Joe Cuculich (92) were the top two of the 10 individual qualifiers on non-qualifying teams.

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