Tight race for linksters at UIC

By Becky Walz,

Warriors earning All-Conference Monday were (l-r) Carson Streeter, Braiden Todd, Jackson Goltz and Cale Kleppe. (submitted photo)

On a beautiful day for golf, it was a three-team dogfight for the title at the 2024 UIC Boys Golf Meet held Monday at the Guttenberg Golf and Country Club. The course was in great shape and the golfers took advantage of it.
MFL MarMac squeezed South Winn off the title by one stroke, finishing with 335. Turkey Valley was just three strokes back in third with 338. The Trojans shot a season-low 167 on the front nine and followed with a 171 on the back nine for a 338 total.
Bulldogs’ Nick Krambeer was the medalist of the day with an 80 for the 18-hole tournament.

Four All-UIC Warriors
The South Winn boys played well enough to win but came up just short of the title with four golfers earning all-conference honors.
Cale Kleppe was the best finisher for the Warriors with an 82 (39-43) with a fourth-place finish. Fashioning rounds of 43 and 40, Jackson Goltz finished sixth with a total of 83. Braiden Todd fired a total of 85 (44-41) to finish 13th, followed by Carson Streeter in 14th with an 86 (43-43). Finishing the varsity line-up were Jordan Baumler (42-45=87) and Matson Winings (42-46=88).
“I was very proud of their performance, and coming home with four all-conference individuals really is something. Our other two were within two strokes of the honor as well, so we played well across the board. This is as good as the conference has been across the board in a while, so coming up with second place is a big deal. With that said, with the postseason approaching, there’s a good lesson to be learned here about the value of each stroke. Having said that, I like the way that we are playing, and if we continue to play at this level, we’ll be in the mix for an extended postseason run,” said SW Coach Mike Wenthold.

Schmitt runner-up for TV
Turkey Valley saw senior Oliver Schmitt (40-41=81) and freshman Nichols Bernhard (40-41=81) shot identical scores. Schmitt took the silver medal by virtue of the cardback rule to place second, while Bernhard took home the bronze medal for third place.
Sophomore Logan Busta (41-43=84) came through in the clutch for his low score of the season to finish ninth overall to earn an all-conference medal as well. Senior Caleb Kurtenbach tallied identical rounds (46-46=92) to place 23rd and help keep the Trojans in third place in the team race.  Brady Blong (46-54=100) and Braylen Byrne (60-56=116) also toured the Guttenberg course for the Trojans.
“Heading into the meet, I was hoping we could stay close with the UIC favorites MFL MarMac and South Winn and we certainly did that,” said TV Coach John Reicks. “To say Oliver and Nicholas played very well certainly would be an obvious understatement. Oliver did not post a number any greater than five on any hole all day on his scorecard. Meanwhile Nicholas had only one hiccup on Hole 6 during his second round. ”

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