Boys Golf: St Laurence’s Jordan Valez sets pace with 73, host Nazareth wins sectional

Updated: October 8, 2012 8:26PM

The weather conditions were far from ideal at Monday’s Class 2A Nazareth Boys Golf Sectional at The Links at Carillon Club in Plainfield.

A temperature hovering near 50 degrees and a 15-to-20 mile per hour breeze made the already challenging trek that much more difficult.

In fact, the 8 a.m. start was delayed 30 minutes due to frost.

But Mother Nature proved no match for St. Laurence’s Jordan Valez. The sophomore recorded a sizzling 73, earning top medalist honors.

Valez, along with Dylan Ross of Oak Forest (82), Alek Svabek (82) and Adam Beezhold of Chicago Christian were a part of 10 individuals advancing to Friday’s Class 2A state finals at Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University.

“All the hard work paid off and it feels good,” said Valez, who scored 38-35. “The weather really didn’t affect me. I was trying to keep the ball low today. I was just taking my time out there.”

Valez used a new putter for the first time and came away encouraged.

“I was automatic from five-feet,” he said.
There was nothing automatic about earning a spot among the individuals.

In fact, there was a five-way tie for the final four spots, forcing overtime.

Ross, Svabek and Beezhold all survived,

“It was pressure and intense,” Ross admitted, “but it turned out good.”

Svabek and Beezhold, both seniors, had been down this exact same road two years ago. But while Svabek survived and advanced to state, Beezhold missed the cut back in 2010.

This time, both moved on.

“I felt kind of bad last time,” Svabek said. “I’m excited to have us both going downstate.”

Beezhold preferred Monday’s ending to the one two years ago.

“I was real nervous two years ago, but not as much today,” Beezhold said. “I’m better at the game. It’s exciting to be going downstate.”

The entire Illiana Christian team was excited after finishing second to Nazareth. The Vikings recorded a score of 322, four strokes off the lead. Glenbard South (323) rounded out the three teams that will make the trip to Normal.

Jonathan Zanastra (78), Dan Lagestee (79), Matthew Zanastra (80) and Jake Boender (87) paved the way for Illiana Christian.

“I was real consistent today,” Jonathan Zanastra said. “Our goal from day one a was to get downstate as a team. It feels great to do it.”

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