Boys Golf: Glenbrook North plays it safe en route regional title

Updated: October 2, 2012 6:20PM

Glenbrook North didn’t want to do anything special Tuesday at the Glenview Park Golf Club.

In fact, the Spartans wanted to play as boring as possible.

Other than a few hiccups along the way, they did just that and shot a 13-over 293 to win the Glenbrook South Regional title by 30 strokes over Maine South. It was the program’s third consecutive regional championship.

“Just play solid golf,” said Glenbrook North senior Nick Jan, who posted a 3-over 73 despite a triple bogey on the back nine. “We wanted to play conservatively. Just hit middle of the greens, play to comfortable yardages. We wanted to play for par.”

Spartans senior Harrison Marick was the medalist after a 72, which included a bogey on the last hole.

“Classic risk/reward hole,” he said. “I knew that guys behind me were playing well, so it was no big deal.”

After starting out with a double bogey and bogey on his first two holes, junior Nick Hardy birdied No. 18 to card a 73. Senior Jon Goldstein overcame a quadruple bogey on the par-5 seventh hole to shoot 75 to contribute to the team total.

“We all played solid golf,” Goldstein said. “We know we have a lot of guys on this team who can play. Each of us just needed to play a solid round and make pars.”

Maine South (323) and Maine West (327) were the other two qualifying teams.

Maine South’s Rob Mazza is back at the sectional tournament for a second season in a row after the senior’s 79. He made the turn in 36 before stumbling down the stretch with a 43.

“We knew we could do it as a team,” he said. “I was a little disappointed in how I played, though. It happens.

“I was making every putt on the front nine, but I did myself no favors on the back nine. I couldn’t get anything going.”

The Hawks are back at the sectional tournament for the first time since 2009.

The main event is Monday when some of the best teams in the state gather at Winnetka Golf Club for the New Trier Sectional. Loyola won its regional tournament Tuesday at Sportsman’s Country Club with a 12-over 292. Ramblers senior Michael Hultquist took top honors with his 2-under 68.

“Nick and I need to have better rounds, but we are confident going in as a team,” Hardy said.

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