If there's anything Geneva junior Reese Clark has learned so far this year given the conditions, it's to be flexible.
"It’s hard to not get upset about the schedule being so small and having to wear masks, but a couple months ago, I was bored sitting at home," Clark said. "So, I think of that and how this is way better that the alternative."
"What has surprised me the most is how I have been able to follow through on my goal of staying positive and calm," Clark continued. "I have been pretty patient these last couple rounds and although I haven’t put my best foot forward, I still enjoyed myself on the course with my team and playing mates."
The results have been more than steady as well. Clark shot a 34 against Rosary in August, earning medalist honors. She later carded a 38 to take fourth at the Elgin Invite. This month she posted a 40 in a match against St. Charles North.
Clark is one of several Geneva seniors posting solid results.
"A lot of the seniors have been playing good," Clark said. "Lexi [Leden], Colleen [Rutledge], Maya [Hawkins] and Hailey [Bova]. I think with this being their last season, under the conditions they have, [they've] really helped the team thus far.
Burlington Central's Tyson Malak keeps consistent
Burlington Central junior Tyson Malak has been the picture of consistency in conference matches.
"My game has been pretty consistent so far. I have been either co-medalist or solo medalist in all three conference matches," Malak said. " The only invite we have played in, I shot a 78, which is just OK. Shots off the tee and chipping have been especially solid. Irons have been weaker than I wanted, but I'm practicing every day to improve."
Above all, while the season has been different, he's just happy and thankful they are playing.
Malak, one of Burlington Central's top returning golfers from last year, is obviously expected to shoulder a big role for the team. Malak last season missed the cut by one stroke at the state tournament.
On Sept. 10, Malak shot a 39 to earn medalist honors and lead the Rockets to a season-low score of 168.
Other Burlington Central golfers like sophomore Matthew Lemon and Tyler Haines are beginning to play big parts on the scoresheet. At the Sept. 10 meet Lemon rounded out the Rockets' top-four finishers with a 44, joining Jason Rodman (42) and Kevin McCoy (43).
"Lemon has made big strides since last year and so has Haines," Malak said. "They are much more consistent score-wise this year." "Matthew has been hitting the ball further and straighter. "His putting has also been better."