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Boys Golf: Tyler Isenhart, Jack McDonald lead Geneva to sixth at state

Vikings' seniors tie for 18th individually in snow-shortened tournament

Geneva's Tyler Isenhart watches his put roll toward the cup on the 15th hole at the IHSA Class 3A State Golf Finals on Saturday.  Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks
Geneva's Tyler Isenhart watches his put roll toward the cup on the 15th hole at the IHSA Class 3A State Golf Finals on Saturday. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

NORMAL – Jack McDonald didn't mind the mulligan.

Sitting at 7-over par through 12 holes in Friday's first round of the Class 3A state golf tournament, Mother Nature dealt him a reprieve.

Heavy snow suspended, and ultimately canceled the round. A winner-take-all 18 holes was slated for Saturday.

"I think our whole team, when we found out, was pretty excited," MccDonald said. "We knew we were capable of going low, and doing some damage."

They did indeed do well.

McDonald and fellow senior Tyler Isenhart both shot a 3-over par 75 on Saturday to tie for 18th, leading Geneva to sixth place at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course.

It matched the Vikings' finish from 2016 as best in the recent run of four straight appearances.

"We didn't play our absolute best, but sixth place in the state is not a bad finish," McDonald said.

Isenhart, a Baylor recruit, tied for third as a junior.

On Saturday he had a birdie, two bogeys and a double, shooting 3-over on the front and even on the back.

"I was hitting the driver pretty well, I was in the fairway a lot, had a couple opportunities to make birdies," Isenhart said. "I just wasn't making many putts. I didn't have my best day, but I still had a lot of fun."

It's definitely been a fun four years for McDonald and Isenhart, part of four team state qualifiers. Geneva was barely a blip on the state radar before this senior class arrived.

"It's been a fantastic four years, a ton of fun with good groups of guys," McDonald said. "Every year we just seemed to reload."

This year, that group helped Geneva ot a 21-over 309 on Saturday. Hinsdale Central, at plus-9, won its record-tying seventh straight team title.

For Geneva, junior Nathan Dalton shot a 79, senior Will Klaus an 80, senior Joe Novak and 82 and sophomore Quin McNeive an 85.

McDonald had an up-and-down Saturday round. He made four birdies, but also had five bogeys and a double.

A hot putter was a saving grace.

"My putter was rolling; I made a lot of birdie putts," McDonald said. "I couple of bogeys I tried to get aggressive and it backfired. On 16 I hit one out of bounds, which hurt. It was an up and down round, but we had a lot of spectators which made it fun."

Also tying for 18th with a 75 was Marmion senior Peter Thayer.

In Class 2A at Illinois State's Weibring Golf Course, St. Francis took eighth with a plus-38. Nick Armbrust had the Spartans' low round of a 7-over 78, good for 20th individually. Michael Cascella shot an 80, Jack Toppen an 81 and Jake Kenney an 83.

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