One is hardly a lonely number for Nazareth golfers
Wheeling Saturday 09.15.12. Nazareth's Jay Karas hits a shot during a boys golf tournament on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at the Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling. | Buzz Orr~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 21, 2012 2:06PM
LA GRANGE PARK
Senior Bob Lively wants to be Nazareth’s No. 1 golfer.
So does Jay Karas, Joe Mara, Dan Saladino and a handful of other Roadrunners.
“We want to beat each other, but mostly it just motivates each of us to do our best,” Lively said. “The competitiveness helps us go low at the same time. It’s working out that we’re all shooting low right now.”
Nazareth’s depth is a big reason why the Roadrunners are hoping to earn their third straight state berth this season.
Karas, Lively, Mara and Saladino often golf together on Sundays.
“A lot of us are really close (in ability),” Karas said. “We’re pretty competitive. When we go out to play it doesn’t get too competitive. We help each other out if someone is struggling. We like to push each other.
“We definitely have a lot of competitiveness on the team, which is a good thing. I think it will start to become clear in the next couple of weeks who our top six are. We’re starting to play better and I think when regional and sectional time comes around we’ll come through like the last couple of years.”
Nazareth has had seven different players lead the team at a dual or invite this season.
Karas, Ian Smith, Lively, Matthew Clark, Andrew Dobis, Dan Saladino and Kevin Saladino have all had the honor of posting the best score for the team at some point.
Lively shot a 4-over-par 40 to lead Nazareth to a 164-167 win over Lemont Sept. 13 at the La Grange Country Club, while Karas (41), Smith (41) and Dan Saladino (42) were right behind.
Dobis (41), Clark (42), Karas (42) and Lively (42) helped the Roadrunners split a East Suburban Conference triangular Sept. 11 at Old Orchard Golf Course in Mount Prospect.
“It’s been nice,” Lively said. “We haven’t had an off year. Every year we keep coming back better, so hopefully we can do that again. I really didn’t know a lot about the team when I first showed up, but I wanted to be part of the success. I want to have my name (associated) with the program for a while.” ~.