The Wildkits edged out Loyola by one stroke for the third and final state berth at the Marist boys golf sectional. Matt Harness reports for High School Cube News:
HOMER GLEN — Evanston last played at the boys golf state tournament as a team during the 1959-60 school year.
Thanks to some clutch play around the 18th green at Old Oak Country Club, the Wildkits finally will be going back.
In less than an hour Monday, junior Sam Knepper made par from off the green for a 7-over 78, senior Henry Gruger chipped in for birdie to post a 76, senior Jake Casati rolled in a 6-footer for birdie to card an 81 and senior Jackson Mihevc punctuated the dramatic performance with a par-saving putt from about 10 feet to shoot 71.
"It was phenomenal the way our kids grinded out there," Evanston coach Jed Curtis said.
In the battle for third at the Marist Sectional, Evanston's 306 was one shot better than Loyola's score and the Wildkits clinched the final spot at this weekend's Class 3A state tournament at The Den at Fox Creek in Bloomington.
"When I made my putt, everybody erupted around the green," said Casati, who played his final six holes at 1 under. "I was like, 'Have you guys never seen a birdie before?' But then I realized how big that putt was.
"(Monday) was an example of how every shot matters."