Fenwick, OPRF golf on course for playoffs

Boys teams enter postseason with high hopes for low scores

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By Marty Farmer

Sports Editor

The Fenwick High School boys golf team capped off their regular season in style at the Chicago Catholic League Championship.

Josh Kirkham won the CCL individual title with a 2-under-par 70. Following Reese Wildermuth (2017) and Jack Mortell (2016), Kirkham became the third consecutive Friar to be the varsity medalist at the tournament and Lawless Player of the Year.

Teammate Jake Wiktor carded a 75 at the CCL Championship. The Friars earned second in the team standings behind Loyola Academy.

Prior to their CCL Championship clash, the Friars edged the Ramblers to go undefeated in dual matches (11-0, 6-0 CCL) during the regular season. Wiktor led Fenwick with a score of 35 against the Ramblers.

In addition to success in dual matches, the Friars fared extremely well in Invitationals this fall. Fenwick took first at the Providence and Mount Carmel invites and second at the St. Ignatius Invitational.

The Friars' final tuneup for the postseason occurred over the weekend. Fenwick won the Lyons Township Invite. Jackson Schaeffer finished first with a 2-over 73 and Wiktor carded a 75 as the runner-up. Phil Sandor also notched a top-10 finish.

The Friars, along with crosstown rival OPRF, open the Class 3A state playoffs at the Lane Regional. The site is the Hilldale Golf Club in Hoffman Estates.

OPRF golf

Seniors Andrew Corsini and John Parker have been the unquestioned leaders for the Huskies all season. Both are West Suburban All-Conference and All-Academic honorees.

Corsini finished sixth in the West Suburban Conference tournament by carding a 73 and he medaled at the St. Rita and Mount Carmel invites. He leads the Huskies in 9-hole scoring average with a 38.

Parker placed 14th in the conference tournament with a score of 77.

"Andrew Corsini and John Parker set the tone for this team," OPRF coach Bill Young said. "Andrew worked on his game quite a bit this past offseason and it's really paying off. John Parker is our captain and a total student of the game."

Juniors Jackson Derks and Aidan Wittenberg, are other contributing golfers.

"Jackson continues to improve and possesses a lot of raw talent," Young said. "He has only been playing competitive golf for the last two years. Once he establishes some consistency, tee to green, he can be a special player.

"Like Derks, this is Aidan's third year on varsity. Aidan knows his way around the course and is improving. He shot 39 at Notre Dame earlier in the season."

Freshman Nate Bibbey has performed well in his varsity debut. He shot 39 against Latin and posted an 80 at the Mount Carmel Invite.

"Nate is getting some great experience playing varsity golf in the West Suburban Silver," Young said. "Nate has the potential for a great high school career."

OPRF finished the regular season with a 5-7 dual match record and 2-4 in conference.

"Playing in the West Suburban Silver, with outstanding teams like Hinsdale Central, Glenbard West, York, Lyons Township and Downers Grove North, can be demoralizing," Young said. "We shot a respectable 313 in the conference tournament, which would have been a winning score in many other conferences, yet that was only good enough for sixth place."

The Huskies notched big wins against Whitney Young and Downers Grove North, along with a third-place showing at the Mount Carmel Invite and fourth-place finish at the St. Rita Invite.

"We have been improving, especially our top three guys," Young said. "We compete in probably the toughest conference in Illinois high school golf. The biggest thing we have been talking about is just improving individually and as a team each time we go out.

"As we go into the postseason, our focus is managing the courses we play and having each golfer manage his individual game."

All regionals started on Oct. 2 (past deadline). Results will be posted online.

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