OGLESBY – It was picture-perfect weather for the seven boys golf teams competing at Monday’s Ottawa Pirate Invitational here at Deer Park Golf Course.
Yorkville took the team title with a score of 330, followed by Sycamore (335) and Minooka (339), while the local squads of Ottawa (340), La Salle-Peru (354), Streator (356) and Newark-Serena (376) rounded out the standings.
Minooka’s Kevin Phillips earned medalist honors after scoring a 3-over 74.
Ottawa’s Drake Stoudt finished fifth individually after firing a 78, and Jonathan Cooper placed eighth after carding a 82. Caden Ericzon’s 89 and Drake Kaufman’s 91 rounded out the Pirates scoring.
“I was 1-over on the front and 6-over on the back, and usually I play better on the back nine here,” said Stoudt. “My last four holes were all bogeys, and it seemed to be something different going wrong on each one. I don’t feel the first one led to the other three because I’m normally good at just letting things go, it was just a short putt miss here and a bad approach shot there. Obviously, I would have liked to finish up better than I did, but I’ll learn from it.”
Coleman Rundle paced the Cavaliers with a 82, good for 10th place, with Carter Fenza (89), Connor Normczyk (91), and Drake Hawthorne (92) adding to the counting scores.
“I had a few par streaks in a row, but no birdies ... I could have putted better,” said Rundle. “I just couldn’t get the read of the greens down today, it just felt like they were slow because of the rain we’ve had. I was really happy with my iron shots today, they were always where I wanted them to go. I was also happy with my play on No. 6, a long par-3. I’m always way to the right and down in the gully, but today I was able to hit it just left of the green.”
The Bulldogs were led by the 11th-place finish of Jacob Magana (83), with Davey Rashid posting an 88, Dane Winterrowd a 90 and Cooper Wahl a 95.
“I didn’t play too bad other than taking two triple (bogeys), which kind of kills the round ... it hurts,” said Magana. “But I was happy with how I was able to keep my composure and move on after those couple rough holes. I hit my driver pretty good all day. This is a course where you can still be a little left most of the time and be all right, and that’s my miss. I putted pretty good all day, but it still could have been better.”
Newark-Serena’s Dylan Cartwright scored an 86 to place 13th, while teammate Cam Figgins registered a 87 to finish 14th.
“I played a lot better on the back nine (40) with a couple birdies, but I really struggled on the front,” said Cartwright. “I had a really long drive, around 335 yards, on one hole, and had a couple of good chips to get me out of trouble, including one where I was hitting from under a tree. I need to continue to work on my irons and putting. My score wasn’t where I wanted it to be today, especially after my first nine holes, but I just kind of lost it here and there on my second nine.”