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Boys Golf: Jacobs duo earns trip to state

Updated: October 15, 2013 12:07AM

Deerfield coasted to victory at Monday’s Class 3A Huntley Sectional with a 14-over-302.

The Warriors were paced by strong play up top, with Ian Kelsey’s even-par performance from the top spot and Eric Bagg’s 2-over-74 from the second spot, as well as outstanding depth.

“We felt great about our performance all day,” Deerfield coach Jeff Fishbein said. “We played the best golf we could play.”

There wasn’t any other coasting to speak of on a windy day at Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo.

The moon was high in a darkened sky by the time Monday’s seven-player playoff came to a close. On the first of two playoff holes, Bret Cigelnik of Mundelein and Trent Craig of Huntley advanced to state. On the second, Chris Boyle of Jacobs came through with a fairly easy par to secure the penultimate spot, and Joey Batliner of Barrington worked out of a bunker to secure the final position out of Marengo.

Six individuals were able to avoid the stress of a playoff and advance to state without playing a 19th hole. Jared Moore of Carmel placed third overall and first among individual qualifiers with a 1-over-73.

On a day that wasn’t too kind to individuals whose teams didn’t advance to the Huntley Sectional, Highland Park managed to push both of its golfers through, as Patrick Flavin and Sam Meitus each came in with a 2-over-74.

Jacobs’ Jack Ramsett, Crystal Lake Prairie Ridge’s Ethan Farnam and Cary Grove’s Daniel Deprey each narrowly avoided a playoff hole with a 3-over-75.

Deerfield will be joined downstate by St. Viator and Mt. Prospect, which finished a stroke apart.

The whole sectional was close, with the top eight schools finishing within 12 strokes of each other.

Huntley held the third spot until St. Viator’s Robert Renner came in with a 2-over-74 to grant the Lions a spot at the Den at Fox Creek Golf Course.

“Nobody hits it farther than Renner,” Lions coach Jack Halpin said.

St. Viator’s trip to Bloomington will mark its first appearance in the finals since it won three straight state championships from 2007 through 2009.

“It’s a big deal for us,” Halpin said. “Getting the team out of here is a big deal. It’s a really big deal. So we’re thrilled.”

Prospect advanced behind Josh Johnson’s 1-under-71. He was the only player to finish under par on the afternoon.

“This course is tough,” Halpin said. “You’ve got some of the best golfers in the state here and what was the low score: a 71.”

Though Lake Forest managed to place all of its top four scores in the seventies — the only school other than Deerfield, Huntley and St. Viator to do so — the Scouts were unable to advance to the state tournament.

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