Netzel’s 67 paces Lyons to WSC Silver championship
Hinsdale Central's David Whinery tees off on the 1st hole during the West Suburban Conference boys golf tournament Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at Willow Crest Golf Club in Oak Brook. | Rob Hart~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 2, 2012 11:34AM
OAK BROOK — The best round of Charlie Netzel’s high school career started with his first shot.
“I hit it within five feet and made the putt,” the Lyons senior said.
Netzel’s birdie on his first hole at Willow Crest Golf Club was followed by two more birdies on his next three holes as the defending Class 3A state runner-up took medalist honors at the West Suburban Silver meet with a 3-under-par 67 Tuesday. Netzel tied his career-best score for 18 holes in a high school meet, but said this one meant more since it was a conference championship. His previous best came in a regular-season meet last year.
The Michigan State-bound Netzel fired a 68 Aug. 15 to win the Addison Trail Invitational at Maple Meadows in Wood Dale.
Netzel finished second to Oak Park-River Forest grad Joe McKune last season with a 71.
Lyons prepared for the conference meet by playing two rounds at Willow Crest during tryouts in August. After Tuesday’s meet opened with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m., Netzel’s first hole was the 163-yard par-3 13th. He then birdied the par-5 No. 14 with a 30-foot putt. His round included only two bogeys.
“I really like this course. Last year, the greens were not that great,” Netzel said. “My putting was working and the greens were awesome. It was fun to play out here. This might be the last time I play out here.”
Lyons won its second consecutive conference championship. The conference meet was conducted on Willow Crest’s white tees measuring 6,085 yards; last year golfers played from the tips at 6,474 yards.
Lyons (286), which had defeated conference rival Hinsdale Central in four out of five tournaments this season, beat the Red Devils (296) again with five golfers in the top 10. Freshman Kenneth Li (71) placed second for Hinsdale Central.
“I know how he plays,” Devils coach Jess Krueger said. “I knew that he was coming on (the team). He was shooting in the summer just the same. He’s a par golfer.”
Hinsdale South senior Danny Ormiston carded a 77 to take medalist honors in the West Suburban Gold meet, beating Downers Grove South’s Mark Kasanoff by a stroke. The Hornets (326), who took first in the regular-season standings, placed second to DGS (317) to tie for the overall conference title.
“I did not have a lot of highlights,” Ormiston said. “I made some up and down and out of the bunker a few times. I couldn’t get too many putts to fall.”
Leyden (366) finished fourth behind senior Cody Hankins’ 85. Hankins shot 47 on his first nine holes, but recovered to lead the Eagles.
“I was doing everything wrong,” Hankins said. “It took a while to get it together. It just happened. I started feeling it.”
WEST SUBURBAN SILVER
Teams: Lyons 286, Hinsdale Central 296, Oak Park-River Forest 303, York 313, Glenbard West 329, Downers Grove North 334, Proviso West 512.
Overall: 1 Lyons; 2 Hinsdale Central; 3t OPRF, York; 5t Glenbard West, Downers North; 7 Proviso West.
Individuals: Charlie Netzel (Lyons), 67; Kenneth Li (Hinsdale Central), 71; David Whinery (Hinsdale Central), Dan Hudson (Lyons) 72; Patrick Murphy (OPRF), Ryan Hudson (Lyons), 73; Jordan Less (York), Chris Sekula (Lyons), 74; Tanner Obal (York), Jonathan Hudson (Lyons), 75.
WEST SUBURBAN GOLD
Teams: Downers Grove South 317, Hinsdale South 326, Addison Trail 331, Leyden 366, Willowbrook 367, Morton 423, Proviso East 562.
Overall: 1 DGS, Hinsdale South; 3 Addison Trail; 4 Leyden; 5 Willowbrook; 6 Morton; 7 Proviso East.
Individuals: Danny Ormiston (Hinsdale South), 77; Mark Kasanoff (DGS), 78; Jon Artus (DGS), 79; Jack Korzon (DGS), Matt Piotrowski, (Addison Trail), Dan Winterrose (Addison Trail), Trent Caraher (DGS), 80; Casey Stuth (DGS), 81; Matt Reschke (Hinsdale South), 82; Eric Bambauch (Hinsdale South), 83.