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Golfers start turnaround with two-stroke dual win

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Freshmen are still trying to find the fastest ways to get to their lockers in between classes at Evanston Township High School.

English teachers just returned those “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” essays to students after grading them.

But for members of the golf team, the high school season has already reached the halfway point, and it’s time to start trending upward.

That’s why ETHS boys head coach Jed Curtis was so excited following Wednesday’s 150-152 dual meet victory over Wheaton Warrenville South at Chevy Chase Golf Course in Wheeling.

The veteran coach finally saw his team display the kind of consistency, overall high golf IQ and course management that he’s been expecting since preseason tryouts.

On the par 36 course in Wheeling, Evanston’s Jack Skidmore and Jack Sload earned co-medalist honors with Wheaton’s Jason Prince, all with 37s, but the Wildkits snatched the victory behind identical scores of 38 from both Tejas Baichwal and Peter Barbato. Michael Levitas carded a non-counting 39 for the winners, too.

“I couldn’t be happier with the way we played today, and with the position we’re in right now (as a team),” Curtis said. “We’ve talked a lot about playing more consistent as a team and it finally came true today. The juniors have been playing well and the seniors are starting to come together, too.

“We’re starting to hit the tournament season now — we have (18-hole) tournaments the next 4 weekends in a row — and it’s nice to start putting things together. We got off to an erratic start and we knew we needed to smooth some things out on the scorecard. We were more mentally into it today, and it‘s a good confidence boost for some of the guys who may have been lacking a little bit of confidence.”

The Wildkits will participate in the Zion-Benton Invitational tournament on Saturday at Shepard’s Crook Golf Course.

 

Dennis Mahoney

Dennis Mahoney is sports information director for Evanston Township High School.

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