Evanston’s boys golf staff put all of it collectively Wednesday on the Central Suburban League South division meet.
And it was a freshman – Kieran Low – who confirmed them the best way.
Low fired a blistering 1-under-par 71 to seize runner-up honors within the particular person competitors and the Wildkits positioned third within the staff standings with a rating of 305 that matched their best-ever efficiency on the league championship meet.
Low, senior Jamie Younger (eighth at 77) and senior Ryder Bellios (ninth at 78) all scored prime 10 finishes on the meet, held at Memorial Golf Course, adjoining to the Nice Lakes Naval coaching middle. Low registered one of the best particular person end for a Wildkit golfer since Jackson Mihevc earned back-to-back runner-up honors in 2012 and 2013.
Simply as satisfying for head coach Jed Curtis is the truth that Evanston is beginning to save its greatest golf for the postseason on an annual foundation. The Wildkits put up their greatest staff rating in 2021 on the sectional match, and Wednesday’s effort enabled Evanston Township Excessive College to climb previous two groups (Maine South and Glenbrook South) that it misplaced to through the twin meet portion of the season.
New Trier outscored defending state champion Glenbrook North 292-297 for the staff title, adopted by ETHS (305), Glenbrook South (314), Maine South (314) and Niles West (343). That complete of 305 for the Kits matched their lowest rating below Curtis because the 2007 squad additionally shot a 305 on its solution to a second-place staff end.
Wednesday, Evanston additionally counted to 79 by David Castellini. Additionally competing for the Wildkits had been Will Wagner (85), Nick Ghate (88) and Jack Clair (92).
Low, Younger and Bellios have taken turns posting the staff’s lowest scores through the common season – however hardly ever on the identical day.
That every one modified on Wednesday when the Kits all rose to the event.
“We lastly had 4 [good] scores, not simply two or three, ”Curtis declared. “It was windy, and the greens had been quick however our guys put all of it collectively and performed sensible golf. I am actually joyful and happy with the children, however I wasn’t stunned. I knew we had this in us as a staff, and now’s when issues actually begin to rely.
“That is the strongest convention within the state of Illinois and to take third on this convention could be very, very satisfying. We had some powerful occasions through the season [losing four dual meets by a single shot], however I attempted to remain optimistic as a result of I knew we nonetheless hadn’t performed our greatest golf. And I nonetheless really feel that manner. “
It will likely be exhausting for Low to prime Wednesday’s efficiency. The freshman standout carded 5 birdies and was in competition to seize medalist honors till New Trier’s Tyler Greenspan fired a late eagle and completed at 4-under-par 68.
Low earns further credit score for the homework he did earlier within the season to organize for large moments. Curtis gave him a replica of the guide The Artwork of Placing by Stan Utley and Low was capable of apply the teachings he had discovered on Wednesday.
“I learn that guide and my placing has been fairly good for the final month and a half,” Low identified. “Many of the different components of my recreation had been fairly good, so I labored extra on my placing. Within the guide they went over the fundamentals of the stroke and set it up higher, and that was one thing I used to be capable of get mounted.
“I am undoubtedly pleased with second place. I really feel like I performed a stable spherical of golf at this time. After 13 or so holes I used to be 1-under, and I checked the leaderboard and noticed that he [Greenspan] was 3-under, so I assumed I might win it with a pair extra birdies. However he shot that eagle and that was that. “
Satirically, Low needed to endure some adversity when he recorded back-to-back three-putt showings on the No. 9 and No. 10 holes. Curtis stepped in with some recommendation to maintain the freshman’s spherical from blowing up.
“Kieran has labored so exhausting on his recreation and he could be a perfectionist at occasions,” noticed the coach. “It is what you do once you hit a velocity bump that actually counts. He went from 1-under to 1-over and I advised him this is that second, that is the place you be taught one thing about your self. He buckled down and birdied the following gap – and I believe that was a turning level for him, to have the ability to energy by means of that. It was an enormous development second. “
Low felt he had a stable sufficient all-around recreation in his arsenal to earn a spot within the varsity lineup his first yr of highschool. “However I did not know anybody on the staff and I did not know what to anticipate,” he mentioned. “It has been a extremely enjoyable and actually satisfying expertise. All the opposite guys are kinda like older brothers to me now and so they’ve been actually supportive of me. I actually benefit from the staff side of golf now.
“I do really feel that now there shall be some expectations for me to do effectively on the regional and sectional, however I am going to simply attempt to block that out, keep targeted on my recreation – and do what I can do.”
Evanston will compete within the Class 3A regional match at Wilmette Golf Membership on Sept. 28. The highest three scoring groups there’ll advance to the Conant Sectional on Oct. 3.