GENEVA – The St. Charles East boys golf team was able to fend off the field of 18 teams to win Thursday’s Geneva Invitational at Mill Creek Golf Club.
Senior Gary King shot a two-under 69 to win the tournament and helped the Saints to their first tournament win of the season with a score of 291. East earned the victory against Glenbard South via scorecard tiebreaker.
“We know we have the potential to play well in these tournaments,” King said.
King made seven birdies on the day and said he “just made more putts than the rest of [the field]”. Teammates Daniel Haugen, Colin Johnson and Ronnie Griggs shot a 71, 72 and 79 respectively.
The Saints’ depth proved crucial, though, as Kyle McWeeney and Charlie Blood shot separate 85s, which was lower than Glenbard South’s fifth scorer.
St. Charles East coach John Stock was happy with the win but hopes the team’s best golf is still to come.
“It’s too early to get excited,” he said. “You don’t want to peak in August. ... We just want to get people playing smarter and tougher.”
Marmion and Burlington Central both shot 309 as a team, but the Cadets took third via scorecard tiebreaker.
Other Chronicle-area teams competing were: Kaneland (313, sixth); Geneva Blue (314, seventh); Batavia (316, ninth); St. Charles North (335, 11th); Geneva White (335, 12th) and Aurora Central Catholic (338, 14th).
Haugen’s 71 was good enough to put him in fourth place and Johnson’s 72 put him in a tie for fifth overall.
Nick Robinson (Batavia), Jesse Denton (Kaneland) and Joe Sherman (Burlington Central) each shot 73s as part of a four-way tie for eighth individually.
Geneva’s Matt Fisher, competing for the host Vikings’ blue team, led Geneva with a 74.
“We had had a couple [boys] that stepped up,” Geneva coach Eric Hatczel said.
Hatczel added that the large field at the Vikings’ course “opened the boys’ eyes” to playing against some of the better players in the area.
Luke Hoss of Marmion also shot a 74, which helped the team to its third-place finish.
Trevor Kurtzhals led North with an 81.