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|Panthers post season-best score to top Wolves|
|Rogers earns medalist honors with par 36|
|by Christine Bolin Dascher|
Kit Rogers, a junior on the Oswego boys' golf team, was one of the last golfers to turn in his score on Monday in the Southwest Prairie Conference rival match with Oswego East on Monday.
Apparently, the wait was worth it, as Rogers shot a dual match-best and even-par 36, which helped the Panthers top the Wolves, 156-176, at Fox Bend Golf Course.
Oswego's team total of 156 was a season-best for the Panthers, who improved to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
"I'm just really proud of our guys," said Oswego head coach Chad Pohlmann, whose Panthers' previous season-best was a 157 in the first dual of the season against Lincoln-Way East. "We didn't play our best last week, and to bounce back and come through should help us out in the conference standings."
"Oswego really had a great day," Oswego East head coach Jim Vera added.
"Good for them. Our scores have been kind of in the 170s, and we are trying to get them down to under 170. But when your opponent shoots as low as they did, it really doesn't matter. They did a great job."
The Wolves, who have averaged a 172 in seven outings, dropped to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
"We've been playing pretty well," Vera said. "We had a good week last week (with conference wins over Romeoville and Plainfield Central). It's just a matter of cutting down the number of missed short putts and other things most other teams need to work on. Some shots are going to be what they are, but for the younger golfers, they just have to learn how to play their game and not worry about what the guy next to them is shooting. Things like that take time to learn - sometimes, it takes a full season - but I think they are coming along and getting better."
Rogers' 36 was his best score so far this season.
"My putting was working - I was making long putts," Rogers said. "Long putt after long putt, and I was demolishing my drives."
"It's good to see that kind of score, especially as we head into the home stretch of the season," Pohlmann added on Rogers' score. "For him to do that at this point in the year is great. He just needs to continue to play his game. He made a nice 15-20 foot putt there on the 18th hole to get that 36. He's definitely capable."
In addition to Rogers, senior Zach Zamin shot a 39, senior Jeff Manna ended up with a 40 and senior Zach Manzella carded a 41.
"We are really pleased with our scores - we all played very well," Zamin said. "We are all starting make a turn for the better. We hope to continue to play well."
Senior Brian Densberger led Oswego East with a 42, followed by senior Zach Behnke (43), sophomore Adam Densberger (44) and sophomore Jack Norris (47).
"For the most part, they've been pretty consistent," Vera said. "We have three sophomores playing up (the third is Max Behnke, who finished with a 48). Finding consistency has been hard to do, but they know we need to get better."
Pohlmann is hoping this win sets a positive tone for the rest of the season.
"This rivalry is a little less intense than basketball, but it's still nice to get the win and to have bragging rights," Pohlmann said. "But we are more focused on getting prepared for conference and regionals, obviously. The 156 is a really solid score. We just need to keep this going and have more consistent play."
The teams in the Class 3A Oswego Regional were announced Monday night, and the Panthers will be hosting the 10-team regional at Blackberry Oaks this year on Oct. 8.
The teams at this event will be Bolingbrook, Neuqua Valley, Oswego East, Oswego, Plainfield Central, Plainfield East, Plainfield North, Plainfield South, Romeoville and Yorkville, which also considers Blackberry Oaks its home course.
Oswego: Prior to Oswego East, the Panthers fell to Plainfield North, 170-181, last Thursday in a rescheduled dual meet at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course.
Seniors Hudson Cross, Zamin and Alex Compton all shot a 45 while freshman Mason Lee finished with a 46.
The Panthers were scheduled to face SPC opponent Romeoville at home on Wednesday, but results were not available at press time.
On Saturday, Oswego will split the varsity squad at two different meets. Six golfers will go to the Green Wedge Cup, which is hosted by Lincoln-Way East at Green Garden Country Club. The other six will be a part of Aurora Central Catholic's Invite at Phillips Park Golf Course in Aurora.
On Monday, the Panthers will be back together for a 4 p.m. conference meeting with Plainfield East at the Links at Carillon Golf Course in Plainfield.
Oswego East: On Sept. 11, Oswego East defeated Plainfield Central, 174-183, at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville. Zach Behnke shot a season-low 37 and earned medalist honors. Max Behnke carded a 45, followed by Adam Densberger and junior Matt Rohde, who each finished with a 46.
The Wolves were scheduled to face Plainfield South on Wednesday, but results were not available at press time.
Oswego East faces non-conference Yorkville today, Thursday, at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course at 4 p.m. On Saturday, the Wolves will be a part of the Green Wedge Cup before hosting Minooka at 4 p.m. at Fox Bend on Tuesday.