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Golf

Geneva boys golf takes command, beats North

Geneva's Matt Fisher earned medalist honors Wednesday, shooting a 38 at Mill Creek Golf Club.
Geneva's Matt Fisher earned medalist honors Wednesday, shooting a 38 at Mill Creek Golf Club.

GENEVA – The Geneva boys golf team defeated St. Charles North, 155-170, Wednesday in an Upstate Eight Conference River Division dual at Mill Creek Golf Club.

Geneva’s Matt Fisher shot a one-under par 35 on his round, which led all scorers on the day.

“I made a lot of putts and got up and down a lot. …one-under on the back nine is one of my best (scores)," Fisher said.

Fisher eagled the 10th hole and birdied the 18th to score one-under while playing the back nine at Mill Creek.

Fellow senior Garrett Davis shot a 38, followed by teammates Andrew Abel and Spencer Sharpe, who both shot 41.

“The guys are really placing the ball well off of the tee. They’re getting it in position to score well,” Vikings assistant coach Bryan Knapp said.

Head coach Eric Hatczel was not in attendance due to parent night at Geneva.

The North Stars were led by the low score of Liam Smith, who shot a 40 on the day. He was followed by Jake Muehlschlegel and Tharyn Duncan, who shot 42 and 43, respectively. Their four-man score was rounded out by a 45 – which Hank Zimmer and Jarron Gandy both shot – giving North its team score of 170.

"We’re in a situation where we’re trying to get better every week,” North Stars coach Rob Prentiss said. “We’re trying to get the guys to make good decisions off the tee, and as you get more skilled physically, the game becomes more of a mental challenge.”

Both coaches touched on how important the mental side of golf is for their teams.

“With a nine hole match…we really are preaching this year the mental aspects of the game. We want them to be fully dialed in on every shot,” Knapp said.

Ethan Dalton shot a 43 followed by Jake Peters with a 44 and Alex Lenski and Spencer Monroe with a 45 to round out the eight Geneva golfers.

Trevor Kurtzhals and Michael Staszcuk both shot 47, while Alex Gruber shot 51 for the North Stars.

“We’re young, inexperienced and we’re just trying to grow our mental game,” Prentiss said.

St. Charles North is back in action again today when it heads to Bartlett Hills Golf Course to face Elgin. The Vikings are off until next week when they face Streamwood at Streamwood Oaks Golf Course.

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