BULL VALLEY – Brody Glauser was focused on finding the perfect swing at the McHenry County Junior Amateur.
That attentiveness led to a big performance for the 14-year-old from McHenry.
Glauser, an incoming freshman at McHenry East, posted one of the lowest scores of the two-day, 36-hole McHenry County Junior Golf Association Tournament on Thursday at Boone Creek Golf Club to capture his first win of the summer.
Glauser shot a 7-over-par 78 to finish with a two-day score of 161, winning the boys junior division by eight shots.
"Honestly, I just wanted to make pure strokes," said Glauser, who recorded three birdies and 17 pars in his two rounds. "If I didn't win, that's fine, but as long as I can make a pure stroke, either my putting or my irons shots, I'd be happy with that."
Prairie Ridge's Danny Saville (84-85-169) took second, followed by Huntley's Nathan Elm (85-87–172), Crystal Lake Central's Christian Wakeford (93-83–176), and Prairie Ridge's Austin Klauser (94-92–186).
Glauser said that his 3-wood provided some long fun drives during both days of the tournament.
"I was ripping that thing out there," Glauser said.
In four MCJGA tournaments before Thursday, Glauser had finished fourth (twice), third and sixth. His second-round 78 was his best score of the summer and included a 40-foot birdie putt just off the green.
"I'm proud of myself," said Glauser, who left Boone Creek smiling with a first-place trophy and giant scoresheet of his first tournament win. "This one was a lot of fun."
In the boys senior division, St. Charles East’s Jake Daeschler cruised to a nine-shot win with a two-day score of 1-over 143 after a 75 on Thursday. He was the only golfer to shoot under par either day, shooting a 3-under 68 in the first round.
Crystal Lake South graduate Griffin Coakley (74-78–152) placed second, McHenry East's Ethan Jensen (78-78–156) and South’s Spencer Shireman (76-80–156) tied for third, and South’s Nate Stewart (77-82–159) and Elgin Academy’s Nikiel Karna (77-82–159) tied for fifth.
Jensen, who will be a junior in the fall, was in sixth place after Wednesday. He had a tournament-high six birdies in the second round, including a four-hole stretch with three birdies on the front nine. Daeschler had six birdies in the first round and added three more in the second round for nine total.
“My wedges were really working today,” Jensen said. “I was putting them 2, 3 feet of every hole I made birdie on. I just wanted to go as low as I can. I was going out there, trying to put it as close as I can.”
Jensen has been working with a certified professional, Steve DiNino of Countryside Golf Club in Mundelein, and has seen a big improvement in his short game.
"So far, this has been my lowest score this summer, but my game’s getting better every day," Jensen said. "I just hope I can go lower and lower.”
Huntley's Lorelei Oomens (76-78–154) earned a seven-shot win in the girls senior division with back-to-back rounds in the 70s. Her 76 in the first round represented a career best. She wasn't far off Thursday.
Oomens, who will be a senior in the fall, had 23 pars in her two rounds.
"I doubled the second-to-last hole, and that kind of killed my score," Oomens said. "Overall, it wasn't that bad today. ... I just wanted to putt well again, and I did, so I was happy about that."
Huntley's Molly Baker went from third to second and ended with a two-day score of 83-78–161. Prairie Ridge's Elizabeth Tucker (79-86–165) took third, followed by Burlington Central's Maya Gusciora (84-83–167) and Huntley's Nina Shaffer (83-86–169).
Hampshire's Lily Farnam, who will be a sophomore in the fall, overcame a 7-shot deficit after the first round to win the girls junior division with a two-day score of 49-47–96. Cary’s Delaney Medlyn (42-55–97) and Huntley's Aubrey Dingbaum (57-53–110) took second and third, respectively.
Farnam never had posted a nine-hole score in the 40s before this week’s tournament. Her scores from both rounds represented personal bests.
“I was a lot more consistent with my putting ... and the short game is everything,” Farnam said. “I was better with my irons today, as well. It was just a matter of using what worked and didn’t work from yesterday, and using that today.”
Farnam, who is cousins with two-time Northwest Herald Boys Golfer of the Year Ethan Farnam, is happy to see her hard work starting to pay off. On Wednesday, she made a birdie putt on the par-3 No. 7 that she called, “an amazing feeling.”
She also won the Blackstone Open in Marengo on June 18.
“I had a couple of big drives that were really nice to see,” Farnam said. “This is my fourth or fifth event that I've done, but I practice a lot on top of that. Since there are only three girls in the girls junior division, it’s not amazing, but this one does feel good."