Tintera relishes state tourney experience

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Competing at the IHSA Class 3A boys state golf meet for the first time over the weekend, Glenbard North sophomore Kyle Tintera walked away with nothing but positive memories.

“It was a great experience being down there with all the high-end golfers,” Tintera said. “It is always great experience when you are playing with top people.”

Tintera began the two-round event with an 80 on Friday and backed that up with an 81 on Saturday despite conditions which included 20-30 mph winds.

“On Friday, I thought my ball striking was really good,” he said. “I just couldn’t get many putts to fall. Saturday was pretty much the same.”

The sophomore finished the tournament at The Den at Fox Creek in a tie for 56th place.

“I was generally happy knowing it was my first time down there,” Tintera said. “It might have been nice to play a little better but overall, it was good.

Tintera had previously shot a 72 at the Naperville Central sectional and a 76 at the Conant regional.

“I had a better nine-hole average this year and a better 18-hole average,” he said. “Everything overall was better.”

Tintera said he was planning to take a week or so off from golf before resuming practicing as he gears up for spring tournaments. He is also set to start playing hockey again with his club team, the Geneva Cyclones.

“I always get the question, what sport do you like better,?” he said. “I always say that I don’t know. I like them equally and I look forward to playing both each year.”