Senior Will Caronchi had his best 18-hole performance for the Lyons Township boys golf team at the West Suburban Conference Silver Division Meet on Sept. 21.
His lead at the turn also brought out the best from Hinsdale Central junior Emil Riegger and Glenbard West senior John Wild in the same playing group.
“It was fun. We were all within a shot of each other going into the last hole,” Caronchi said. “They were rallying and I was trying to remain steady. It was a great battle.”
Caronchi shot a 6-under-par 66 at Prairie Bluff in Crest Hill, but Riegger (65) prevailed behind six straight birdies on the back nine. Wild (67) was third with his 5-under back nine that included two eagles.
Caronchi (33-33) had seven birdies and one bogey to equal his lowest round at the Itasca Country Club this summer.
“I gave myself some chances down the stretch, but [Riegger] just beat me out. A 66 ties my career best so it was a great day,” Caronchi said.
The Lions finished third (289) and third in the final overall standings.
Senior Connor Riordan (73) and junior Jack Berry (74) were 10th and 11th to also earn all-conference honors with top-14 finishes. Senior Wyatt Kartheiser (76) was the Lions’ fourth counting score, followed by seniors Mike Springer (77), Colin Koch and Gabe Newman (80s) and Hanly Morgan (82).
LTHS girls 5th in WSC
At her WSC Meet on Sept. 22, Lyons Township senior Sylvia Kozub lost her phone but maintained her focus.
Kozub finished in an all-conference 13th place (88) but suffered the worst fortune of the girls golfers on her 10th hole at a brutally windy Broken Arrow in Lockport.
“Actually, a gust of wind came and blew my push cart into the pond. We were lucky enough to get the clubs out. Everything came out but my phone,” Kozub said.
“My clubs are fine. I just had to make sure my grips were dry before every shot. It did affect me mentally, but [LT coach Jeff Johnson] was really helpful in making sure to tell me to focus on the positive.”
The Lions (383) finished fifth and tied for third overall. Juniors Maeve McDougal (93) and Brooke Bolan (100) and senior Chloe Blauw (102) had the other counting team scores, followed by junior Peri Deroche (103), seniors Olivia Wojcicki and Leslie Mendoza (105s) and junior Alexa Hoffenberg (112).
Kozub earned all-conference for the third straight time with a top-20 finish but hoped to better, finishing 10th the past two seasons.