YORKVILLE – High winds made Wednesday unfit for golf, but every shot Hinckley-Big Rock senior Austin Scott took at the Little Ten Conference Championship at Whitetail Ridge Country Club in Yorkville seemed to go straight.
After shooting an 88 in his previous match, in which it was much less windy, Scott medaled with an 87 and led his team to a decisive win in the conference championship.
“I honestly didn’t even worry about [the wind],” said Scott, who couldn’t stop smiling. “I just kept hitting it straight and everything felt good. I don’t know.”
It’s been a rocky season for the Royals, who thought they lost their top golfer, Luke Winkle, for the season when he dislocated his shoulder in gym class three weeks ago.
But the Royals learned Winkle would be back for Wednesday’s meet, and the senior scored of 96 in high winds.
“Everything went down when we realized [Winkle] was out, and it came back up when we realized he was back,” Scott said. “We knew we had a chance.”
Winkle’s score wasn’t one of the best on his team – Dirk Schoger and Mack Carls finished with scores of 93 and 94 on the gusty day. But the senior was just happy to contribute in his first meet back with a sore left shoulder.
“It was a little bit of a grind, but I got through it,” Winkle said. “I’m just happy to be able to post a score. … I hadn’t really gotten out a whole lot before this, so I wasn’t sure how much it would affect me. I wasn’t expecting too much.”
Led by sophomore David Boehne, who shot a 94, Indian Creek finished in third place, 14 strokes behind H-BR. The Timberwolves competed with three freshmen and three sophomores, and coach Dave Olson could tell early on that his young team was intimidated by the magnitude of the meet.
“At first they were a little scared of it … playing with older kids,” Olson said. “It was not too bad in this wind.”
On the girls side, Indian Creek finished second to Somonauk, while H-BR finished third out of three teams. Virginia Filicetti led the Timberwolves with a 96 to finish third overall, while Indian Creek junior Lauren Frances finished fourth with a 97.
“I thought our team hung in there very well,” Indian Creek coach Keith Haag said. “I’m pretty proud of [Filicetti and Frances].”
The teams will move onto regionals in a couple weeks
Scott hadn’t even considered winning a conference championship, but in early October he’ll try to top the best performance of his high school career.
“I’m trying to keep calm right now,” Scott said. “It was like hurricane winds out there at times. … I didn’t even think about [winning].”