BOLINGBROOK – This is the year for Adam D’Virgilio to finally break through.
A sectional tournament qualifier in each of his first three seasons as a member of the golf team at Bolingbrook High School, the senior is looking to book a spot in the state tournament this fall. Making it to the state’s biggest stage is about the only thing he hasn’t accomplished in his high school career – he narrowly missed making it to state last season – and it’s the main goal he has for himself this fall.
“I want to go to state really badly,” he said. “I’ve been trying to do it for three-plus years. Last year I was close, but this year, I’m ready to do it.”
D’Virgilio has been playing for a little more than four years, which makes his rapid advancement in the sport all the more impressive. He won an Illinois Junior Golf Association sectional tournament June 13 at Village Greens in Woodridge, shooting a 1-over-par 73 to win by two strokes. It was the latest indication his game is where it needs to be in order to lock up a state berth.
“I think I’ve really improved my ball-striking,” he said. “I’m definitely hitting a lot more greens.”
Ahead of the high school season, D’Virgilio will play in an IJGA open tournament Thursday at Bartlett Hills Golf Club, a regional at Indian Lakes on Tuesday and a sectional at Silver Lake Country Club on July 31. In addition to playing competitively, he’s been doing putting drills in order to shave more strokes from his scorecards. Between playing and practicing, he said he’s been doing golf-related activities nearly every day this summer.
The pressure of playing peers in IJGA tourneys could help D’Virgilio’s resolve for his quest for a state berth. In a way, coming up short the last three seasons also will be a benefit.
“I learned the mindset of taking it one tournament at a time,” D’Virgilio said. “Focus on that particular tournament instead of worrying about a tournament three months from now. Just stay in the moment.”
As a senior with years of varsity experience, D’Virgilio likely is to be looked on as a leader. It’s a role he’s ready for.
“Paul Kramolisch has done a good job as a leader always talking to the guys,” D’Virgilio said. “I plan to help him out with that and be positive and lead by example.
As a team leader, he would like nothing more than to lead his teammates to a spot in the state tournament.
“I’m ready to go to state this year and maybe win a high school tournament or two,” D’Virgilio said. “Hopefully, I can explode this last year of high school.”