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Benet, Bolingbrook, Lisle boys golfers set sights on state tournaments

Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 11:16 a.m. CDT
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Bolingbrook's Clayton Tragarz works on his putting during team practice at the Bolingbrook Golf Academy on Friday. The Raiders tee off this season with a new coach, Jeff Allen, in the fold.
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Lisle's Bryan O'Connell tees off during practice at River Bend Golf Course on Friday. O'Connell is part of a sizable sophomore class returning to the varsity this season.

The boys golf season has already teed off and teams are hoping to make the trek Oct. 17 and 18 to Bloomington and Normal for the Class 1A, 2A and 3A state tournaments. Here’s the outlook for a few area teams, including Benet, Bolingbrook and Lisle.

Benet Redwings

Coach: Marty Gaughan

Conference: East Suburban Catholic

Top players

Alex Bassetto, junior

George Carroll, senior

Ben Johnson, senior

Nick Schantzer, sophomore

Outlook: Former Redwings basketball coach Marty Gaughan takes over the team from Dan Nagis, who retired after 33 years at the helm, which included a fifth place team finish in 2015.

Gaughan inherits a team that returns three players from the state team. Junior Alex Bassetto carded a 154 over 36 holes at the Class 3A state tournament last year, while seniors George Carroll (163) and Ben Johnson (167) were also part of the state team.

Benet, which won four invites and ESCC and regional championship last season, will be looking for more of the same against a tough schedule that includes Naperville North, Waubonsie Valley and the Hinsdale Central Red Devil Invite.

Bolingbrook Raiders

Coach: Jeff Allen

Conference: SouthWest Suburban

Top players

Justin Freiburg, senior

Jacob Nagel, junior

Outlook: Monday’s Plainfield North invite kicked off the season for the Raiders, and the tournaments and dual meets will come fast and furious leading up to the SouthWest Suburban Conference meet on Sept. 30.

The Minooka Invite (Sept. 22) and Don Nichols Will County Invite (Sept. 26) are big tournaments leading up to the postseason, where Bolingbrook aims to keep up its recent success.

Bolingbrook had three players move on from the regional tournament to the sectional tournament in 2013, and of that trio junior Jacob Nagel returns to the fold. He and senior Justin Freiburg will be counted on to lead the way in coach Jeff Allen’s first season at the helm.

Lisle Lions

Coach: Yousef Matariyeh

Conference: Interstate Eight

Top players

Bryan O’Connell, sophomore

Cory Schneider, sophomore

George Swedie, senior

Trevor Stitt, sophomore

Outlook: The Lions graduated just two seniors, Connor Bielat and Colin Huebner, from 2013’s team but they will still be a young group with three seniors among the 15 players.

George Swedie was a captain in 2013 and returns to lead the squad this year. Current sophomores Bryan O’Connell, Cory Schneider and Trevor Stitt also are back with the varsity.

Head coach Yousef Matariyeh said a player to watch is freshman Terrence Lin, who could have an immediate impact.

“He has a great attitude and mindset for the game,” the coach said.

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