Daniel DePrey lists a top-five finish in a Mid-American Junior Golf Tour event and making the cut at the Illinois State Amateur Championship at Makray Memorial among his summer highlights.
But those two accomplishments, impressive as they are, cannot top what DePrey pulled off Monday at Bowes Creek in Elgin. The Cary-Grove senior followed his first-round 71 – which was par – with a 6-under-par 65, his best round ever, to win the final Illinois Junior Golf Association event of the year.
That victory vaulted DePrey from third to first place, earning him IJGA Player of the Year honors for ages 14 through 18.
“I knew I had to win that tournament [to get first],” DePrey said. “I was 5-under through 10 on the first day and that motivated me to keep it together the entire round instead of breaking down.”
DePrey had 25 putts on his career-best round and finished 11 strokes ahead of Orland Park’s Mike Misheck. He is brimming with confidence heading into his fourth varsity season for the Trojans this fall.
“I feel really good about my ball-striking and short game,” DePrey said. “I don’t think it could be much better right now.”
DePrey works a lot with his friend Paul Schlimm’s father (Paul) and brother (Dan). The younger Paul Schlimm plays for Crystal Lake Central. The DePreys and Schlimms play at Marengo’s Blackstone Golf Club.
“My short game’s improved night and day from last year, it’s 10 times better,” DePrey said. “The Schlimms and my dad [Jeff] let me figure things out on my own, then they take a look at it.”
DePrey wants to maintain his roll through the high school season and improve his standing with college coaches. He has been contacted by NCAA Division III Carthage College, but hopes he can make it to a scholarship school at the D-I or D-II level.
All for Jodi: The Run for Jodi, a benefit for former Woodstock North cross country coach Bruce Farris’ wife, had 676 participants Saturday at the high school.
Jodi Farris suffers from multiple sclerosis and one of Farris’ former runners started organizing a race in her honor, with the money raised going to the National MS Society. Bruce Farris said $40,000 was raised through entry fees, sponsorships and contributions.
“The Run for Jodi was a huge success,” he said.
• Joe Stevenson is a senior sports writer for the Northwest Herald. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can follow him on Twitter @nwh_JoePrepZone.