ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles East boys golf squad displayed its depth as a team in winning its own quadrangular Tuesday at the Royal Fox Country Club.
Led by the Saints’ sixth and eight golfers, Ronnie Griggs and Kyle McWeeney, who both shot rounds of 39 on the par-35, nine-hole course, East won the match with a score of 159. Seven of the eight Saints golfers shot 42 or less.
Batavia came in second with a score of 169 followed by Waubonsie Valley (172) and St. Charles North (175).
Griggs and McWeeney also tied for lowest score on the day.
“East showed their depth. I think we all knew that they were the deepest team today,” Batavia coach Tim DeBruycker said. “They showed it by their sixth and eighth guys being medalists. That’s pretty impressive. That’s where they beat us."
“Our depth as a team – we had seven scores 42 or under – that is the essence of a team,” East coach John Stock said. “I’m really proud of Ronnie and Kyle who jumped up.”
Gary King came in third for the Saints at 40. Teammates Daniel Haugen, Colin Johnson and Jake Meiss all shot 41.
Stock also attributed his team’s effort to demonstrate improvement in recent days as a factor in East's triumph.
“We played at Coyote Creek Saturday and we had too many double [bogeys],” Stock said “Today we were focusing on no doubles and both Ronnie and Kyle had no double bogeys. That’s the key – eliminate the big numbers.”
Despite McWeeney's solid showing, he still sensed room for progress.
“I left a lot of putts out there that probably could of being made and a lot greens I should have hit but overall I was pretty happy with the round,” McWeeney said.
Griggs was glad to see East show well against Tri-Cities rivals North and Batavia.
“It was nice to put a solid round together. It's great to start off the year with a win and a quad match,” Griggs said. “I hope we can continue this play.”
Nick LaRocco led the Bulldogs with a 40, followed by Andrew Nelson (41), Matt Patton (44), Mike Morrison (44) and Rocco Carbonara (44).
The top golfer for North was Jake Muehlschlegel, who shot a 42. The North Stars' Hank Zimmer was second with a 43. Four North players completed the course with a 45: Trevor Kurtzhals, Tharyn Duncan, Jarron Gandy and Mike Staszcuk.
North Stars coach Rob Prentiss said entering the season a North team with little proven experience might need a little longer to successfully acclimate to varsity competition.
“I’m trying to get them to reach their potential as golfers,” Prentiss said about his young team. “We’ve got talent and we are working hard but we need to have some growth to take place in order to be a factor in the conference.”