Burlington Central senior Jenna Kurosky edged her sophomore sister, Josie, by three strokes at the West Chicago Wildcat Invitational on Sept. 11, 36-39.
“She’s come close to me a few times,” Jenna Kurosky said. “I don’t really get bothered by it anymore.”
The Kuroskys began golfing around the same time six years ago, as their father, John, clamored for consistent playing partners through the family’s moves from New York to Canada to western Kane County.
Their mother, Sandy, used to play, too, but these days is happy following her daugthers around the course.
At St. Andrews in West Chicago last week, she offered updates to an inquiring Josie Kurosky about Jenna, who was a few holes ahead. Josie was the individual runner-up via scorecard playoff, as the Kuroskys proved Central’s top sister combination. Haleigh Graham (junior) and Kendra Graham (sophomore) also are on the team.
“Oh yeah, it’s cool,” Josie Kurosky said. “The Grahams also don’t always like playing with each other, but I think me and Jenna do better that way.”
That occurs during Big Northern Conference East or other duals more often than at invitationals. Either way, the sisters provide perspective and a sounding board.
“Usually, when I have a not-so-good round I think of how far I’ve come,” said Jenna Kurosky, a state qualifier as a junior. “Starting with having eights on par-3s in practice rounds to getting birdies.”
Knights pack together
While Kaneland coach Mark Meyer isn’t shy about offering tutelage, he also knows younger players can only learn certain aspects of the team atmosphere from veterans.
Seniors Brody Kuhar and Matt Yonkovich are especially versed in the crisp pacing of each fall.
“The golf season is just packed from the very start,” Meyer said. “It’s always like this, where we’ve got a bunch of tournaments at the beginning and we’ll have weeks like we do these past couple weeks” with multiple meets.
The lesson? Even if you turn in a bad round, there’s usually a chance to improve your confidence – and standing – within the next few days.
“It’s a good time for some of the guys who haven’t solidified a spot in the top six to prove that they deserve one of those spots and for the guys in the top four to really kind of pick up their game a little bit,” Meyer said.
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IN THE GROOVE
What he did: The Vikings’ No. 1 player keyed Thursday’s Upstate Eight Conference River Division dual win against previously unbeaten St. Charles North with an even-par 36 at Bowes Creek Country Club.
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What he did: Stolte helped the Spartans to a pair of Suburban Christian Conference dual wins, shooting 40 against Montini on Friday before Monday’s 37 against Marmion.
WHAT WE LEARNED LAST WEEK
Cantigny Golf in Wheaton ought to host some sort of limbo championship. Boys and girls golfers sure are going low in those parts these days. On Monday, St. Francis edged Marmion, 151-156, in a Suburban Christian Conference boys dual one week after the St. Charles North girls fired a 156, believed to be a school record. Marmion’s four scorers each shot 39. “You can’t really worry about having [four rounds in the 30s] and losing by a bunch,” Cadets coach Doug Roberts said.
WHAT WE’LL LEARN IN THE WEEK AHEAD
Which St. Charles girls team reigns supreme. East hosts North in an Upstate Eight Conference River Division dual Sept. 24 at Pottawatomie Golf Course, where several players in the field took part in the St. Charles Junior Tournament this summer.
COACH SLY SAYS
Naturally, Sly’s got dozens of friends lining up to hit the links with him, but it still would be nice to have a little sibling revelry one of these rounds. Alas, you’re sitting near the soapbox of an only fox.
Brothers and sisters can get rough and tumble, but golf lends itself to more civil and cerebral grappling.
Kudos to the athletes who get to take advantage, whether they’re in high school at the same time or not.