One of the best moves of Jordan Hahn’s golf career came three years ago when he connected with his swing coach, Kiel Alderink.
Under Alderink’s tutelage, Hahn’s game has flourished. The Richmond-Burton junior is tearing it up this season, with a pair of record rounds, and he knows he will be playing at Wisconsin in two more years.
“This summer, I played very well and the high school season’s going well,” Hahn said. “I hope I can continue to play well in the state series and at state.”
Hahn committed to Wisconsin in the spring. Alderink teaches at Todd Sones Impact Golf in Vernon Hills and knows Badgers coach Michael Burcin, which helped in the recruitment. Hahn, who is 6-foot-6, said a factor in Wisconsin’s favor was he would be close enough to Alderink to continue working with him.
Hahn started the season with a record 3-under-par 69 at the Sandwich Invitational at Edgebrook Golf Course. On Monday, he shot 6-under 29 in a dual match to set the course record at Beaver Creek Golf Course in Capron.
Over the summer, Hahn competed in American Junior Golf Association and Mid-American Junior Golf Tour events, where he saw tough competition.
“It’s always been my dream to play D-I golf,” Hahn said. “I’ve always felt that drive and passion to play at the highest level I can.”
Constantino to Drury: Huntley right-handed pitcher Nick Constantino committed to NCAA Division II Drury University in Springfield, Mo. this week.
Constantino had looked at some D-III and NAIA schools, but Huntley coach Andy Jakubowski contacted Drury’s staff about Constantino. The Panthers’ staff invited Constantino to a showcase in August and he made his official visit last weekend.
“I’m really blessed to have the opportunity to do this,” Constantino said. “I really like the school and feel like it will be a good fit.”
Constantino was 3-0 last season with a 5.33 ERA, but his season was cut short when he contracted mononucleosis and missed a month. He pitched for Team Pro Player over the summer and hopes for bigger things next spring.
“I feel like me and Eric Luecht are going to do well and it’s going to be a good year,” Constantino 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.