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Boys golf: Marshall, Kaneland wins regional; Sycamore advances

SYCAMORE – Kaneland golfer Will Marshall’s postseason strategy is simple: Have fun and the low scores will follow.

Marshall started the postseason by claiming an eight-stroke victory at the Class 2A Burlington Central Regional on Tuesday at Sycamore Golf Club.

The Knights won the meet with a 326. Sycamore shot a 339 as a team to take third, a stroke behind Aurora Central Catholic and good enough to advance to the Grayslake Central Sectional on Monday at Stonewall Orchard Golf Club in Grayslake.

Genoa-Kingston’s Nick Gargani qualified as an individual, shooting an 83 to take sixth.

Marshall ran away with the win, beating ACC’s Nathan Turco’s 78 and teammate Ryan Milton’s 79.

“I’m just keeping the mindset that you’re out here to play golf and have fun,” Marshall said. “If you’re having fun, you’re probably playing well.”

Marshall, who shot better on the back nine than the front nine, said he hopes to keep the momentum rolling into next week.

“Next week, I’m just going to go out there and enjoy the round,” Marshall said. “It’s a nice course, and it should be rolling beautifully.”

Brendan Fitz carded an 81, finishing in a tie for fourth for Sycamore – continuing a string of consistent play of late, coach Rick Davis said.

“He’s starting to play better the later we get into the season, which is a good thing,” Davis said. “He’s averaging right around 80, he shot an 81 today. I expect next week at sectionals he’ll be right around 80 again. That should give him a pretty good shot to make it to state.”

Dyllon Davis took seventh with an 84 for the Spartans, and Nathan Cohn also cracked the top 10 (86) for Sycamore.

Rick Davis said he’s not sure what to expect out of the team heading into Grayslake.

“I really don’t have an expectations,” the coach said. “The golf course we’re going to play is long. It’s a tough golf course. We could finish first, we could finish last – I have no idea at this point. If we were top five, I’d be really happy.”

Bryce Stair finished in an eighth-place tie for Kaneland, shooting an 85. Every Kaneland golfer improved his score from the front nine to the back, leaving coach Mark Meyer optimistic heading into the sectional.

“It was good we woke up and had a good comeback,” Meyer said. “It would have been tough if the nines were switched, and we played worse going into next week that might be a little more frustrating. But we left on a good note, and hopefully, if we play our best – there will be excellent competition there – we’ll have a shot to make it downstate.”

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