Junge, Kelsey share lead at state
Updated: October 16, 2012 2:58PM
BLOOMINGTON — Jack Junge and Ian Kelsey got to 71 in different ways Friday, but both players will go into Saturday’s second round of the 3A boys state golf tournament tied for the lead.
Junge birdied four of his final six holes to shoot 1-under par at The Den at Fox Creek. Meanwhile, Kelsey posted a 71 after he stumbled down the stretch, bogeying two of his last three.
“I wish I had kept it together,” said Kelsey, a junior at Deerfield. “I will hit some balls, relax and be ready for (Saturday).”
Junge is a sophomore at New Trier. The program’s last champion was Michael Slaven in 1999. Kelsey would be Deerfield’s first.
Junge and Kelsey were the only two to break par Friday. Naperville North senior Raymond Knoll and Normal West junior Steven Mullins are tied for third following 73s.
“I will play the same way (Saturday) as I did (Friday),” said Junge, who followed his front-nine 38 by carding five birdies on the back nine for a 33. “It will be like playing two one-day tournaments. The second round is a whole new day for me.”
Led by sophomore Brian Dolehide’s 74, Hinsdale Central sits atop the leaderboard after its 306. The Red Devils are after their first state title since the 1960-’61 school year.
Five teams are within six shots of Hinsdale Central, including pre-tournament favorite Glenbrook North, which stands fourth after a 310.
Juniors Brian Ohr and Nick Hardy each shot 75 to put the Spartans in position for the program’s first-ever state championship. Both are tied for ninth in the individual standings.
“It could have been better,” said Ohr, who was 2-under through five holes before a double bogey set him back. “I wanted to help the team to the best of my ability, so I was kind of disappointed in how I shot. But it’s all good.
“We didn’t play our best today, so I think we still have a good shot at the title.”
Two-time defending state champion Lake Forest shot 319 and is ninth in the 12-team field.
Perennial powers New Trier and Loyola also struggled Friday. The Trevians are tied for sixth with Barrington after a 317, while the Ramblers are 11th following a 321.
In Class 1A, North Shore Country appears on its way to its second consecutive state title. Senior Nick McCall paced the Raiders with a 2-under 70 at Prairie Vista and put himself in the driver’s seat for a championship of his own.
The senior was 4-under through 13 holes, but a double bogey interrupted his run.
“Honestly, for some reason, I haven’t been playing all that well,” he said. “Unless it’s a big tournament, I have trouble focusing myself enough to play well. Obviously, this is a big tournament.”
North Shore is 11 shots clear of El Paso-Gridley after posting a 313. Senior Andrew Bedford also contributed to the lead with his 78.
“We want to go out there and see if we can’t play better than we did (Friday),” Raiders coach Joe Bosco said. “We are thrilled with where we are at in this tournament.”
Saturday’s second round will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m. because of concerns over possible storms.