Golf preview: Lemont squads look to build on 2012 success

Published: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 11:57 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 12:00 p.m. CDT
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(Matthew Piechalak)
Lemont senior Bridget Lynn works on the putting green during team practice at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club on Wednesday. Matthew Piechalak – mpiechalak@shawmedia.com

The 2013 season is underway for Lemont High School golfers, and as the Indians tee it up the ultimate destinations are clear. The boys hope to be in the Bloomington-Normal area Oct. 18 to 19 for the Class 3A state championship tournament while the girls hope to be in Decatur the same weekend for the Class AA tourney.

Lemont Indians boys

Conference: South Suburban Blue

Home courses: Cog Hill and Broken Arrow

2012 results: 13-2 in dual meets, SSC champions

Coach: Mark Hollatz

Top golfers:

Matt Groebe, jr.

Ben Groselak, sr.

Joe Ziebell, sr.

What to watch:

After a great run of success in Class 2A, which included six consecutive top-10 finishes, the Indians were bumped up to Class 3A last fall.

Lemont finished sixth at the Lincoln-Way Central regional, 14 strokes away from advancement to the sectional. The squad did have three sectional qualifiers, one of which (Ben Groselak) returns this season. Joe Ziebell and Matt Groebe also are back.

“Last year we moved up to 3A and this year is the same,” said coach Mark Hollatz. “We are the smallest 3A school in the state. It just means we have to compete against the big boys. We welcome the opportunity knowing the challenge.”

Lemont Indians girls

Conference: South Suburban Blue

Home courses: Woodbine, 14240 W 151st St., Homer Glen

2012 results: 10-2 in dual meets

Coach: Bill Mondrella

Top golfers:

Bridget Lynn, sr.

Laura Ringo, jr.

What to watch: Competing at the loaded Class AA Naperville North regional last year, the Indians performed quite nicely, placing fifth with a stroke total of 368.

Lemont did come away with a pair of sectional qualifiers, and one of them, Bridget Lynn, went on to finish in a tie for 50th place at the state meet.

After a busy summer spent on the golf course, Lynn returns this fall to lead the Indians as she looks to improve on her nine-hole average score of 41. Junior Laura Ringo should also be a major factor for the squad.

“We lost four seniors who contributed last year,” said coach Bill Mondrella, “so we are looking for some other girls to step up and fill those spots. We have a solid senior leader in Bridget Lynn who went downstate last year.”

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