The Scouts placed 3rd out of 16 teams in the Buffalo Grove Invitational two weekends ago, adding another podium finish to an already stellar year. The Scouts shot a combined 294, only 9 strokes behind Glenbrook South who ended up with a 285 and the win.
Connor Polender led the way for the Scouts, shooting a 73 through 18. Jed Thomas also shot a solid score of 75 and he was pleased with his performance stating, “I was [pleased] considering my poor start, I shot a 40 on the front [nine], but came back with a solid 1 under 35.” The Scouts used this performance to fuel their efforts this past weekend. The Scouts hit the links at the Deerfield Invite and finished in 2nd place among teams such as Stevenson, Loyola, Highland Park, Deerfield, Glenbrook South, and Glenbrook North.
Jed Thomas and Nick San Miguel added impressive 70 shot scores to their season résumés while Jason Folker and Connor Polender both shot a 78. Polender stated about their performance, “It was disappointing to get 2nd place by only one stroke, but it was definitely a step in the right direction for our team.” Polender, who made an appearance at the IHSA State Tournament last year, also added, “It was cool to see Jed [Thomas] and Nick [San Miguel] compete in a playoff for first place.”
Although the Scouts fell just short at the Deerfield Invite, the confidence levels have definitely been raised for this young team. They travel to Chevy Chase golf course in Wheeling this Saturday for their next tournament.
Scouts senior Lena Benjakul had the best score of the day at the Scouts winning match in Libertyville this weekend, shooting a 37. Junior Clara Butler also put up an impressive score of 44. The match was played in hot conditions, with temperatures in the high 80’s. Butler mentioned, “it was very hot but we battled through it and came out on top as a team.”
Battling the conditions all day was a struggle for everyone competing. However, the Scouts, who have had a focused offseason preparing for tough conditions like this, prevailed in a field of many local high schools. “The heat had a lot to do with the play but we still played good enough for the win,” Butler added. The team has lost a few key starters last year such as Emily Young, and have been looking to build off their young team. “Since we lost our best player in Emily [Young], the entire team has been stepping up and shooting better scores each week,” Butler noted.
In fact, the team is currently 1st in the North Suburban Conference. The main goal for the rest of the season lies in working on their short game, specifically 90 yards and in. “I think it’s going to be a very good season”, Butler says, as the team moves forward into the heart of its schedule.