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Kaneland boys golf looks to replenish core

Published: Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 5:33 a.m. CDT
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(Karen Naess)
Kaneland's Matt Yonkovich watches his shot during the Batavia Invitational at Fox Valley Golf Club last fall.

Where some of his brethren struggle with reciting the alphabet soup of summer tournament sponsors, Kaneland boys golf coach Mark Meyer actively monitors any Knights competing in IJGA, CDGA and MAJGT events.

“I try to keep up with them over the summer to see what they’re playing in, but obviously where it all comes together is at tryouts,” Meyer said. “It’s easy to see after that who’s improved quite a bit.”

This week’s rounds at Hughes Creek in Elburn showed Meyer he’ll be able to count on a handful of upperclassmen. But beyond seniors Brody Kuhar and Matt Yonkovich – top returners from Kaneland’s 10th-place Class 2A team – are senior Stephen Cannell and junior Jesse Denton, who have jockeyed up the lineup nicely with diligent offseasons.

“We lost a lot of solid players after last season, some guys who were a big part of our starting core,” Meyer said. “Hopefully we’ll find some guys who will step up and move into their place. There are guys who are hungry.”

Kuhar and Yonkovich, who were no stranger to summer events around the region, lead the pack.

Both scored during last season’s weather-abbreviated Class 2A state tournament.

Playing alongside recent graduates Luke Kreiter, Connor Williams and Sean Glennon last season added up for Kuhar and Yonkovich, Meyer said.

These days, the pair’s work ethic is rubbing off on the rest of the Knights.

“Obviously, they do everything on the course right, which is huge,” Meyer said. “Not just playing, but the way they carry themselves and the way they treat their opponents. They lead by example in that way. And they’ve both hard practicers, too. They work really hard on their game during the season and in the summer, and other guys see that.”

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