Boys Golf: Lincoln-Way East claims 3A regional crown

Story Image Luke Trent, of Lockport, drives off the 4th hole for boys golf regionals at The Sanctuary golf course, Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 in New Lenox, IL. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
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Updated: October 2, 2012 7:44PM



Some regionals are scarier than others.

With nearly half of the field — Crete-Monee, Lemont, Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way East — entering as a conference champion and a slew of other programs boasting standout seasons, the Class 3A Lincoln-Way Central Regional shaped up to be a monster.

The 10-team field didn’t disappoint.

Lincoln-Way East, led by Jake White (74), Matt Coney (75), Victor Perez (76) and Matt Stoner (77), totaled a 302 on a windy Tuesday at The Sanctuary for its second-best total of the year. The Griffins outlasted runner-up Lockport (307) and top-seeded Lincoln-Way Central (316) for the title.

“We knew we had a tough regional. We knew we had to shoot good rounds today,” said White, a sophomore playing in his first regional. “This gives us a lot of confidence moving into sectionals.”

Joliet co-op (325), Providence (327) and Lemont (330) weren’t far behind, but only the top three teams advance to Monday’s Pekin Sectional, along with 10 individuals with the lowest scores from non-qualifying teams.

“This regional could be played 10 times and we could have 10 different winners,” Lincoln-Way East coach Ryan Pohlmann said.

Three sophomores dueled for medalist honors in a one-hole playoff, as Lockport’s Gehrig Hollatz defeated Porters teammate Luke Trent and Joliet’s Trent Wallace and with a birdie on the 18th. All three shot 1-over 73s.

“My back nine was the highlight of my round,” Hollatz said of his 35. “I hit every single green and most of the fairways. I was striking the ball really good.

“This (finish) makes me think I can do well at sectionals.”

Lincoln-Way Central’s Bryant Bolden (74) tied White for fourth. Tony Kestel (77) also put together a solid score for the Knights.

Southland individuals qualifying for sectionals include Providence’s Mickey Brick (76) and Will McCabe (83); Lemont’s Ray Cepele (79), Sam Marzo (82) and Ben Groselak (83); Andrew’s Colin Mangin (82), Crete-Monee’s Miles Bailey (82) and Lincoln-Way North’s John Orowick (83).

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