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Balanced Vikings take home quad

GENEVA – Geneva boys golfers made coach Eric Hatczel’s job of totaling scores easy Tuesday for the Geneva Quad at Mill Creek Golf Course.

Three golfers shot 77s and a fourth came in with a 78 as the Vikings won their first home match of the year with a score of 309.

South Elgin came in second at 324.

Kaneland, which played with a split squad, took third with a score of 364.

Glenbard South, the fourth school slated to compete in the tournament, had a scheduling conflict and was unable to play.

Seniors Matt Fisher and Spencer Sharpe and junior Alex Lenski all completed the 18-hole course with 6-over-par 77s. Sophomore Andrew Abel finished with a 78.

“The boys stepped up pretty well. You know this is our first home contest, which is a wonderful thing to get the introduction quick and easy at home,” Hatczel said. “I know we had a couple [of players] who didn’t think their rounds were up to where their standard is at. But even in the bottom order we had some guys shooting some pretty decent scores to help round out that team score and performed well, so it was a good day.”

“Not my best [score], but it was a good day out there,” Fisher said. “I hit the ball on the fairway a lot. I was pretty good with my short game, for the most part, and I didn’t have too many three putts. It was a little bit of a factor but not a big deal.”  

South Elgin coach Gordon Brown considered it a round worth building on.

“It’s not our home course so you have to give them credit for doing what they had to do on their home turf,” South Elgin coach Gordon Brown said. 

Some of Kaneland’s team competed elsewhere, upping the Knights’ degree of difficulty.

“Six went to [The Panther Invite at] Glendale [Lakes] and seven are here today,” Kaneland assistant coach Ken Neahring said. “This course is kind of tough – the greens and stuff like that and it’s kind of tight in a few spots. I thought we had some good scores. We had quite a few sophomores playing.”

Low scorer for Kaneland was sophomore Jeff Van Gemert, who shot an 85.

“That was the best score on the varsity squad,” Neahring said. “The others were a little higher than they normally would be.”

South Elgin senior Ethan Hildenbrandt had a 74 for the Storm’s best score.

“Technically, he got the medal, but there was no medal today,” Brown said.

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