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Scoring machine: Yonkovich the Boys Golfer of the Year

Published: Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 12:14 a.m. CDT
(Kyle Bursaw – kbursaw@shawmedia.com)
Kaneland's Matt Yonkovich is the Daily Chronicle's 2012 boys golfer of the year. Photographed at Kaneland High School on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.

Matt Yonkovich was so predictable his coach failed to notice. 

It wasn’t until Kaneland boys golf coach Mark Meyer was tallying the final stats before the Knight’s banquet that the reliability of the 2012 Daily Chronicle Boys Golfer of the Year was fully realized. 

“Matt’s score counted in every dual meet,” Meyer said. “It was unbelievable consistency that we could always count on his score. Matt was never out of a round because of his ability to get hot and birdie two or three holes in a row.”

Because Yonkovich has developed a score-on-any-hole mentality, he was able to post a 76.6 18-hole scoring average. He won the Class 2A Sycamore Regional, was second at the Limestone Invitational with a 69, and third at the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference meet with a 76.

The Knights’ No. 1 player was an anchor on a team that defended its Northern Illinois Big 12 East title, won the Class 2A Sycamore Regional and qualified for the state meet. 

Every hole is just another chance for the Kaneland junior to get a round that might be slipping away back on track. He attacked par-5s as birdie holes.

As with the Knights’ season, where the team had a midseason hiccup that lasted a few weeks, Yonkovich believed as long as holes were left to play, he could get back into red numbers. 

“If I’m having a bad round, I still keep my confidence high,” Yonkovich said. “A dual meet is 9 holes. If I have two bad holes, I’m not going to let them ruin the other seven. I treat par-5s as birdie holes. I go after them all the time.”

This winter, Yonkovich will work to improve his game. It will be tough for him to top this year’s achievements in his senior season, so he’s already started.

“In the offseason I play at Cantigny. They have a great indoor facility,” Yonkovich said. “In the summer, I will play in a tournament every week. It helps so much just to keep the feel in your golf swing. I always keep it in my head year round.”

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