Rough start to golf season

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Crystal Lake South Senior Sean O'Neil chips his ball out of a bunker at the Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin during the Crystal Lake South golf meet Monday, August 19, 2013.
Kyle Grillot - Crystal Lake South Senior Sean O'Neil chips his ball out of a bunker at the Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin during the Crystal Lake South golf meet Monday, August 19, 2013.
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ALGONQUIN – Monday marked the opening day of the boys golf season and nearly all of the golfers were excited to get the 2013 campaign underway.

Although the excitement had worn off for nearly everyone after the round ended in the Crystal Lake South tournament at Golf Club of Illinois, many golfers were not pleased with the relatively high scores.

One of the area’s top golfers, Daniel DePrey, simply shook his head thinking back on his round.

“Not a lot,” responded Cary-Grove’s DePrey when asked what went well for him during Monday’s round after he shot a 6-over-par 77. That score was good enough for third place.

DePrey is coming off an Aug. 5 victory in the Illinois Junior Golf Association’s Player of the Year Championship at Bowes Creek Country Club in Elgin. There, he shot a personal-best 6-under 65. The win marked a new height for the senior as he looks to carry that momentum into his final high school season, but he wasn’t pleased with his opening performance.

The tough course at GCI, mixed with increasing wind speed throughout the morning, proved tough for DePrey and the rest of the golfers during the five-team tournament.

“Considering I shot a plus-six, it could have been better,” DePrey said. “My goal was to win, but that didn’t really work out. Everything should have been better today, but I’m excited to play again Wednesday and Saturday and I’ll look for those [rounds] to be better.”

DePrey said his only highlight of the round was on the 11th hole, when he hit a wedge shot from about 95 yards to set himself up for a 2-foot putt. His 77 led the Trojans, who placed third with a total of 332.

Burlington Central won the title after combining for a 321, four strokes ahead of Crystal Lake Central (325). Prairie Ridge finished with a 343 and the host Gators took fifth with a 366.

“It was nice for us to get a win, even though we didn’t score nearly as good as we wanted to,” said Burlington Central’s Matt Weber after carding a tournament-best 70. “This is a tough course and we knew that these other teams always bring it, so it’s nice to get out and really compete on Day 1.”

Prairie Ridge made some strides Monday, even though the Wolves placed fourth, as the Wolves got a look at some new additions to their team.

Coach John Powell is in his first year as coach after leading the JV for some time. He enjoyed his first tournament and said he is excited about the direction the team is headed. The Wolves also got a look at Ethan Farnam, an incoming freshman who will start on the varsity this season.

Farnam carded the best round for the Wolves by 11 strokes as he posted a 77. He enjoyed the moment and soaked in his first high school tournament. But even as he led the team, he knows he still can play much better.

“It’s pretty fun playing with this team,” he said. “I just tried to have fun out there, but I wasn’t too happy with today’s score.

“I missed a 1-foot putt on 11 and some other mistakes, so I’m excited to get back out there as soon as possible.”

As for the host Gators, coach Curt Wadlington was excited to start the season.

“It feels good to get the first day out of the way,” he said. “We’re back at it.”

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