Youth prevails for Spartans
Updated: March 22, 2011 5:32PM
Brian Ohr's visit to see his teaching pro Wednesday paid off Thursday with the best round of the Glenbrook North freshman's career Thursday.
Ohr shot a 1-over-par 71 to earn medalist honors at the Central Suburban League North meet at Glencoe Golf Club.
Glenbrook North's top three scorers, Ohr, freshman Nick Hardy (72) and sophomore Nick Jan (76) finished in the top eight to lead the Spartans to the meet title (296). With a 3-2 dual meet record, Glenbrook North finished second overall.
Ohr met with Chu Han Lee of Sportsman's Country Club in Northbrook. Lee works with several of the top boys and girls Korean golfers in the North Shore.
"Lately I was not playing very well. He changed by swing yesterday," Ohr said. "I was putting the ball too far back in my stance. He changed that for me and changed my swing path more inside."
Highland Park (298), which owned a 5-0 dual meet record, won the overall conference title despite finishing second as a team.
Three Giants golfers, Jonathan Gerrard, Danny Kaplan and Theron Ornt, carded 74s to tie for fifth place.
Hardy was the leader in the clubhouse for much of the day after beating defending conference champion Bennett Lavin of Deerfield by one stroke. Lavin was third Thursday. He finished second in the CSL North as a sophomore and was the last freshman to win an individual conference title.
Lavin had at least his sixth eagle of the season, but struggled putting.
"You've got to make putts if you want to make birdies," said Lavin, last year's Class 3A state runner-up.
Hardy and Lavin played in the same lead group. On his second hole at No. 2, Hardy made his only double bogey of the day by hitting his tee shot out of bounds.
"Now it's more of getting experience for next year so when I go out there, I know what to expect," Hardy said. "I hit the ball really well. I made a few dumb mistakes. I could say I shouldn't do that, but anyone can say that."