NORMAL – During the very first week of the 2013 season, the Glenbard South boys golf team provided a preview of things to come.
Starting off with a win and a pair of runner-up finishes in a trio of 18-hole tournaments, the Raiders never let up in a campaign that later netted conference, regional and sectional titles.
This past weekend, the squad brought the curtain down on the fall with a sixth-place finish at the Class 2A state tournament.
“These kids started out of the gate and showed a lot of ability,” coach Scott Iliff said, “and we kept building on that success.”
Coming off a team score of 283 at the St. Rita regional and a 317 at the Nazareth sectional, Glenbard South posted a stroke total of 327 in the first round Friday.
The Raiders improved on that output a day later, coming in with a 317.
Individually, Chris Dufort finished in a tie for 15th place, Michael Wittenberg tied for 20th and Russell Matos came in a tie at 26th. Kevin Uvodich, Dakota Marino and John Marks made up the rest of the group.
Though the Raiders were a little disappointed in the final results, Iliff was very impressed with how the group handled themselves.
“These six had a good attitude and they realized that it is not easy to get down there,” he said. “I sensed that they really knew it was a good opportunity for them.”
Making their accomplishments even more special is the fact that five of the six golfers who competed at state will return next year.
“We have a core group coming back,” Iliff said, “and they are already talking about what they need to do. We will also try to bring up some youngsters. We had a successful frosh-soph team that won conference.”
Glenbard South does lose four seniors to graduation, including Marks, who shot rounds of 97 and 95 at state. Rob Prioletti, TJ Scals and Steve Robinson will also need to be replaced.
Competing at the IHSA Class 2A meet as a team, the Spartans finished in eighth place with a score of 663.
Individually, Jonathan Nocek was 38th (162), Dan Mochel placed 49th (164), Connor Buckley came in 66th (168) and John Stolte was 73rd (169). Dan Zurawski (179) also placed 99th.