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2017 Kane County Chronicle Best of the Fox



Raghav Cherala

St. Charles North, Sr.

Overcame bouts of inconsistency to qualify for 3A state meet and close a sterling four-year career. “Just a wonderful young man,” North coach Rob Prentiss said.

Nate Desens

Geneva, Sr.

Was Upstate Eight Conference River Division medalist and Player of the Year entering a challenging 3A postseason that saw him finish seven strokes shy of the state cut.

Luke Molloy

St. Charles East, Sr.

Helped the host Saints win a 3A regional with a medalist-round 76 at St. Andrews in West Chicago. Was part of a deep lineup that pushed Geneva for UEC River team title.

John Stolte

St. Francis, Sr.

Stolte, a Geneva resident, pushed for the Spartans’ best nine-hole average for a team that took eighth at the 2A state meet. “Just a lot of fun and loved the group of guys on our team,” Stolte said.

Matt Weber

Burlington Central, Sr.

Indiana recruit and Chronicle Boys Golfer of the Year finished as 2A state runner-up after winning ACC Regional and tying for second at Freeport Sectional.

Matt Yonkovich

Kaneland, Sr.

Laid-back Knights veteran calmly carded a 1-over-par 72 on the second day of the 2A state meet, charging to a fifth-place tie among individuals. Shot a 67 at regionals to finish one stroke behind the winner, Weber.


Kyle Jacobs, St. Charles East, Sr.

Brody Kuhar, Kaneland, Sr.

Graham Lillibridge, Geneva, Fr.

Austin Niesel, Burlington Central, Jr.

Jonathan Nocek, St. Francis, So.

Matt Samuelson, St. Charles North, Sr.


Nick Bleidorn, Batavia, Sr.

Jeremy Faletto, Kaneland, Jr.

Joe Fritz, Marmion, Sr.

JT Grill, St. Charles North, Sr.

Grant Gosden, Wheaton Academy, So.

Sean Harreld, Aurora Central Catholic, Sr.

Connor McCadam, St. Charles East, Sr.

Jacob Piechota, Batavia, Sr.

Santino Salamone, St. Charles North, Sr.

Alex Schreiber, Geneva, Sr.

Brett Seward, Aurora Christian, Fr.

Zack Spear, Wheaton Academy, Jr.


Deb Twenhafel

Burlington Central

In her penultimate season guiding the boys and girls programs, the good-natured Twenhafel watched the BC boys break through for a fourth-place team finish at the Class 2A state meet at Illinois State’s Weibring Golf Club in Normal. “It’s kind of bittersweet,” Twenhafel said. “The golf season is fast and furious, I tell you what, and by the end of the season it’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, can I actually sleep on a Saturday morning?’ ” Four members of the state series team will return in 2014.

– Kevin Druley


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