Boys Golf: Larkin’s Jon Lenz wins Elgin Country Club title
By Scott Miller For Sun-Times Media September 4, 2012 9:04PM
Jacobs' Sean Kozak tees off Tuesday at Elgin Country Club. | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 6, 2012 1:54PM
If Tuesday’s results are any indication, the new putter Jon Lenz purchased this week is staying in his bag for quite a while.
The Larkin sophomore had an eagle and birdied two other holes to shoot a 1-under-par 71 to win the Elgin Country Club Invitational by two strokes over Chris Boyle of Jacobs. The Golden Eagles did take home the team title, edging Larkin 321-324 in the 14-team field.
Lenz put his driver off the tee within four feet of the pin on the 264-yard par-four 11th hole. Lenz started play at the third hole and had birdies at holes and one eight.
“It’s a tight course, but not too long,” said Lenz, the son of Phil Lenz, assistant pro at Bartlett Hills. “If you keep it straight you’re OK and today I was able to keep it in the fairways. The new putter was great. It anchors closer to the body and gives me a better line to the hole. This is by far the best I have played. It was really exciting.”
Boyle fought through an inconsistent round. He shot 3 under on the four par fours, but was 4 over on the rest.
“I really had to grind my way through it,” said Boyle. “I just wasn’t making solid contact consistently. I played the par fives great but didn’t have a good day with the irons on the shorter holes.”
Jack Ramsett added a 79 for Jacobs which was good for fifth place overall. Sean Kozak (83) and Aaron Traub (86) rounded out the scoring for the victorious Golden Eagles.
“We’d still like to see more of our scores in the 70s,” said Jacobs coach Jeremy Bauer. “We’re happy with the way we finished, but I still think our best golf is ahead of us.”
Ryan Wolfe shot a 75 to finish third and lead Bartlett (326) to a third-place team finish.
Wolfe caught fire on his front nine with three straight birdies at one point, but couldn’t keep up the pace.
“I putted real well,” said Wolfe. “I just didn’t hit enough greens to give me more birdie opportunities.”
Geneva finished fourth with a 327. Colin Lillibridge and Nate Desens both shot 80 to lead the Vikings.
Dan Meredith and Colton Kubovy (83) led South Elgin (336) to a fifth-place finish.
St. Edward (339), Burlington Central (346), Elgin Academy (348), Aurora Central (349) and Hampshire (364) rounded out the top 10. Dan Winters had an 81 to lead the Wave.
Austin Niesel and Andrew Sherman paced Central with 83. The Rockets will be without No. 1 player Matt Weber, who is ineligible after playing in a non-IHSA event last weekend.
Andrew Dykum led Elgin Academy with an 81.
Jake Tuttle led Hampshire with 87.
Completing the field was Streamwood (367), led by Eric Hamlin (83), Westminster Christian (375), led by Connor Rejman (82), Dundee-Crown (377), led by Brenton Bartelt (83) and Elgin (429), led by Kyle Paquin (102).