Coach: John Cordes (20th season)
Key Players: Ben Melms, sophomore; Connor Hoyle, sophomore; Jacob Cook, junior
Ready for impact: Austin Freeman, freshman
Outlook: A veteran coach will have a young team to coach this fall. As John Cordes enters his 20th season as the Barbs’ coach, a promising youth movement is underway. A talented crop of players that played in highly competitive summer tournaments and saw plenty of action lest fall with continue to learn as they are tested on the varsity level.
Junior Jacob Cook made a run to sectionals last fall. Ryan Schultz is the lone senior in the DeKalb lineup.
Cordes’ take: “We won’t have the experience of other teams, but we have a lineup that wants to and will go out and compete. We’ve got great chemistry. It’s going to be an interesting and enjoyable fall watching players grow and seeing what they can accomplish.”
Coach: Mike Lauer (Third season)
Key players: Jake Langford, senior; Tommy Lucca, sophomore; Nick Adamczek, sophomore
Outlook: Perennially, the Cogs are in search of a consistent fourth score. This fall Genoa-Kingston will again be in a quest to develop a low score from players outside its top three. Nick Adamczek was the low qualifier and had breakout summer.
Lauer’s take: “Our ability to match last year’s success depends on if we can develop that fourth spot. We’ve got to find a way to improve between No. 4 and No. 8 in the lineup.”
Coach: Kyle Donka (First season)
Key Players: Daniel Small, junior
Ready for impact: Hunter Sierstad, junior
Outlook: The Royals will be in rebuilding mode as they search for a dependable score from a slew of inexperienced golfers.
Coach: Dave Olson (Fifth season)
Key players: Peyton Gatz, sophomore; Jake Wieseler, junior
Ready for impact: Drew Headley, sophomore
Outlook: A top five without a senior has learned how to compete by playing against varsity competition.
Olson’s take: “Last year the team learned more by being out and actually playing. We are swinging well and have had good practices so far. We want to go out and improve every day.”
Coach: Mark Meyer (Ninth season)
Key Players: Matt Yonkovich, senior; Brody Kuhar, senior
Ready for impact: Stephen Cannell, senior; Jesse Denton, junior
Outlook: A clear goal to qualify for the Class 2A state meet drove Kaneland last fall. While Matt Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar, one of the top No.1 and No. 1A tandems in the state, anchor the Knights’ lineup for their senior campaign, questions remain in the rest of the lineup.
Which is why Knights coach Mark Meyer will wait until the first week has passed before players set their goals.
Meyer’s take: “We had the most players in my nine years as coach try out. What we will need is the sophomores or juniors to step up and play well. Matt Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar played tournaments all summer and would take turns beating each other. There’s a friendly competition at the top spot that makes them both better players.”
Coach: Dave Burdick (Fifth season)
Key players: Ryan Aurand, senior; Carly Hudon, senior
Outlook: The Spartans won’t have the experienced, senior-laden group that challenged for the Northern Illinois Big 12 East title last fall.
• Hinckley-Big Rock coach Kyle Donka and Sycamore coach Dave Burdick could not be reached for comment
– James Nokes, firstname.lastname@example.org