BARRINGTON – A thunderstorm, tough course conditions and modern technology played havoc with the field Tuesday at the 44th Illinois State Junior Amateur Championship at Makray Memorial Golf Club.
Players with morning tee times had their round interrupted by a thunderstorm, which also caused a start delay for players with afternoon tee times, like Kyle Jacobs of St. Charles.
“I was expecting to be out here at 1,” Jacobs noted. “When you’re out here [teeing off] at 3:45, it’s kind of hard to get everything done.”
Jacobs and others found trying to get 18 holes in impossible after Illinois Junior Golf Association officials again halted play late in the afternoon because of the Thor Guard lightning prediction system. Another storm never developed, but players were forced to remain inside the clubhouse until play was eventually suspended for the day at 7:30 p.m.
Jacobs finished nine holes, shooting a 48.
“It was just playing really tough,” Jacobs said of the course. “It was hard to get any good chances really to get some birdies. Even if you did, you couldn’t get too aggressive or you were going to be putting for bogeys.”
Jacobs was hardly the only player to struggle with the course. Nick Hardy of Northbrook was the only player to complete 18 holes without finishing above par. His even par 71 had him one shot behind Caleb Weise of Winfield on the leader board. Weise was 1-under-par through nine holes.
Matt Yonkovich of Sugar Grove turned in the best performance of the day among local golfers. The Kaneland High School senior was 3-over-par after nine holes. Matt Samuelson of St. Charles was 10-over-par through nine.
Yonkovich’s Kaneland teammate, Brody Kuhar, was 16-over after completing 14 holes.
Tournament play was scheduled to resume at 6:30 a.m. today. Kuhar will be one of the players teeing off at that time.
Players with afternoon tee times for today were not expected to have their scheduled start times adjusted, but the forecast calls for another chance of scattered thunderstorms in the area.