WildKits Update

Event Details

  • October 4th, 2021

  • 8:30 AM

  • GOLF

  • Varsity

  • Boy

  • Game

  • Crest Hill

  • Away

  • IHSA Sectionals

  • Prairie Bluff Golf Course

  • 6:00 AM

  • Entrance 3

  • Mini bus requested 10/1

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Game Summary

WILDKITS

11th place 320

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IHSA SECTIONALS

Golfers shoot season best score at sectional tourney

Saving your best for last in a given season might be the hardest task that exists for any high school athlete.

But that’s just what every single member of the Evanston boys golf team accomplished Monday at the Class 3A Lyons Township Sectional tournament held in Lockport.

The Wildkits chopped an astonishing 22 strokes off their regional tournament effort, scoring a season-best 320 while finishing back in the pack in a loaded sectional field.

ETHS more than passed the 18-hole test as a team. Led by junior Ryder Bellios, who missed out on a chance for a playoff for an individual state qualifying spot (by one stroke), the Wildkits were at their best when it mattered most.

Bellios carded a 38-37-75 on the par 72 course at Prairie Bluff Golf Course in Lockport, and the only disappointment for Evanston head coach Jed Curtis was the fact that he and his teammates couldn’t keep their season alive with a trip to the Illinois High School Association state finals this weekend.

Also contributing to that scintillating finish for ETHS were Jamie Young at 40-40-80 (counting 4 birdies), Jack Clair at 81, Alex Vasquez at 38-46-84, Sid Mehrotra at 45-39-84, and Jack McGaughy at 45-41-86. Bellios, Young and Clair are juniors.

“That’s the best we’ve played all year,” said Curtis. “We had played a practice round there right after the regional, and we felt like that course really fit us well as a team. To a man, they played their best golf, and except for the fact we would have liked to get someone to State, if you want to come out and end the season on a high note, this is the way to do it.

“I think this was a bit of a validation for all of them, that we’re a better team than we showed at the regional (2nd place with a 342 total, the first time ETHS advanced as a team since 2013).”

 Bellios, one of the team’s lowest scoring performers during the regular season, bounced back from a disappointing start to his postseason with a score of 88 at the regional. He found his form again on Monday with a couple of birdies and 5 bogeys matched up against some of the best golfers in the state.

“Ryder was a little down after the regional, and to tell the truth, I think what happened woke him up a little,” noted Curtis. “Today he drove the ball fantastically, and he had some great up and down saves. Of course, it stung a little that he just missed out on the playoff, but he squeezed every ounce out of his game today.

“I know he felt good about it, and I also know there will be even more of a fire in his belly now to make it (a state finals appearance) happen next year.”

 Evanston placed 11th among the 12 teams that advanced out of the regionals. New Trier (279), Glenbrook North (281) and Lyons (284) claimed the team state qualifying berths.