The DeKalb golf team maximized its practice round Sunday at St. Andrews Golf Course in West Chicago.
As host of today’s Class 3A St. Charles East Regional, St. Andrews is a classic tree-lined, parkland style golf course. There’s an abundance of trees that place a premium on accuracy onto large greens.
For a roster with only one upperclassman, the Barbs have shown coach John Cordes incredible maturity with their ability to devise a meticulous preround plan. Shot placement always is considered.
But, the Barbs take their plans a step further.
The best location on which to putt is noted on each green. Where to miss a shot and the best escape route for a missed shot also are detailed. The Barbs are a tight-knit team of friends that have similar style games built on accuracy, solid iron play and precise short games.
“We are young and enthusiastic,” Cordes said. “But, we think our way through the round. During a practice round, the guys really look at each shot that’s available to them.”
When the Barbs’ best-laid plans crumble, if a shot finds its way into the rough, hazard, bunker or nestled under one of the many St. Andrews’ trees, junior Jacob Cook has a backup plan to still post a low score.
“If you hit fairways at St. Andrews, you can hit greens,” Cook said. “But when you are in trouble, it’s important to get out with your next shot.”
After a second-place finish at the Northern Illinois Big 12 Invitational that featured two 77s and two 79s, DeKalb is encouraged that it has the talent to make a postseason run. Connor Hoyle was a sectional qualifier last fall and would like the Barbs to advance out of a loaded regional.
“We came up a little short in conference,” said Hoyle, who was a sectional qualifier as a freshman. “But we have a solid team. If we play smart and play our game, everyone is capable of posting a low score.
“We have to look for the easy shot and not do crazy things that can get us in trouble out there. We want to go to sectionals as a team. That’s our first goal. If we advance to state out of sectionals, that would be great.”