Hinsdale Central golfers hand Lyons first loss of year
Updated: September 10, 2012 5:40PM
NORTH AURORA — The West Suburban Silver flexed its considerable muscles Saturday at Fox Valley Golf Club in North Aurora.
In the process, Hinsdale Central served notice to Lyons that its bid for a Class 3A boys golf team state championship will be contested for the remainder of the season.
With three players in the top four of the 29-school Batavia Invitational, headlined by medalist David Whinery, who had six birdies in fashioning a 3-under par 69, the Red Devils handed LT, the defending state runner-up, its first tournament loss of the season.
Whinery, Brian Dolehide (71) and Kenneth Li (72) were a combined 4-under par for Hinsdale Central, which fired a collective 291 to deny the Lions. Don Hudson of Lyons fired a scintillating front-nine 31 en route to a second-place 70.
Lyons had defeated Hinsdale Central four times, including in last week’s conference dual match, in head-to-head encounters this fall.
“I finally got to the point where I played like I knew I could,” Whinery said. “I had a strong close (with birdies on three of my final four holes).”
“(Whinery) is starting to eliminate his mistakes,” Hinsdale Central coach Jess Krueger said. “As long as he can mitigate his mistakes, he can play that well.”
“I made a lot of putts today,” Dolehide said of his career-low high school performance. “I had back-to-back birdies (on 7 and 8). That really helped my round.”
The Silver had three schools reach the state finals last fall. The depth of the league was showcased once again on Saturday as Downers Grove North (310), Oak Park-River Forest — the other conference school to qualify as a team last year—and York all finished in the top 10.
Don Hudson’s siblings Jon and Ryan contributed to the Lions’ scorecard with respective rounds of 75 and 77.
Charlie Netzel, the Lions’ reigning state runner-up who is bound for Michigan State next fall, fired a 73 for to finish seventh overall.
Pat Murphy is the lone returning member of the OPRF downstate contingent; the junior won a four-way scorecard playoff to earn fifth with his 1-over 73.
“I was consistent today, which I always think is key,” Murphy said. “”I gave myself a lot of (birdie) chances but wasn’t cashing them in.”