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West Chicago

Wheaton Bank and Trust Athlete of the Week: Ryan Orr

Finishing with a season’s best round of 73, West Chicago senior Ryan Orr narrowly missed out on capturing the Upstate Eight Valley individual golf title last week. He settled for runner-up after losing in a playoff, but in the process he helped the Wildcats, who were 1-5 in league dual meets, place first in the team competition. Orr, the Wheaton Bank and Trust Athlete of the Week, spoke with Suburban Life sports reporter Scott Schmid about his individual honors and the team’s accomplishments.

What went right for you during the round?

I was really feeling good about my swing. When I went into the round, I said if I had no double-bogeys and if I birdied the par-5s, I could place up there. I didn’t birdie the par-5s, but I had no double-bogeys. I hung in there the whole round and it happened to work out.

How did it feel to be competing in the playoff for medalist honors?

It was my first time ever being in a playoff; I’ve come in second and third-place before. I had heard of the other kid, he’s a fantastic golfer. He’s a pretty big kid and he hit a 350-yard drive and was chipping and putting. That’s when nerves hit me but I knew to just give it my all and there was nothing I could do about it if he birdies. I actually ended up triple-bogeying but it was a great experience.

How exciting was it to place first as a team?

Getting first place was an awesome feeling. West Chicago hadn’t won the conference tournament since the 1970s. It was incredible thing to be a part of.

Was it a shock to the team to place first?

I’ve been playing with some of these guys for three years and we know what you have to shoot at conference. We thought that if we played like we can play, we might have a chance. We felt that if we could put up good numbers, we would have a chance at this thing.

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