BARTLETT – Earlier this fall, the Wheaton North boys golf team created a lasting memory by ending Naperville North’s long conference winning streak.
Turns out, that was just the appetizer.
The Falcons served up the main dish on Oct. 3, capturing the DuPage Valley Conference tournament championship at Bartlett Hills and in the process winning the league title for the first time since 1983.
The squad, which came into the event in a three-way tie for first place in the DVC with Naperville North and Wheaton Warrenville South, compiled a team score of 307, clipping the Huskies by two strokes. The Tigers placed third with a 312.
“What I am proudest of is that these guys buy into the fact that we are a team,” said coach Mike Pribaz. “It is a difficult thing to convince a high school golfer that the most individual sport available to them is actually a team sport.
“These guys have pushed each other since they have come here and have encouraged each other all season long. Everybody roots for each other. Their work ethic, talent and attitudes make my job much easier. All of us had the goal of winning DVC this year and they accomplished it together – all 12 guys.”
Further adding to the accomplishment was the individual exploits of junior Michael Suazo, who walked away with medalist honors after carding an eagle to defeat Naperville North’s Michael Doherty in a playoff. Suazo shot a even-par round of 71.
“Michael had an unbelievable day and I couldn’t be prouder of him,” Pribaz said.
“I have been talking to him all year about his role as a team leader and he really showed it Thursday.”
Charlie Vasbinder placed fifth with a 77 and Caleb Weise finished in a tie for seventh with a 79.
Wheaton Warrenville South came in third with a total of 312, just five strokes behind Wheaton North.
Twins Sean and Brian McCaffrey led the Tigers with rounds of 75 and 78. Will Kelly also contributed a 79.