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Boys golf advances individuals to sectional tournament

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Sam Lockhart
Senior Matt Sims hits the ball down the fairway in the match against Naperville North on Sept. 14.

Coming off a successful previous season, the boys golf team is training for greater success this year. They opened their season in August with a tournament win, in which they placed first out of 24 teams, and continued their season with multiple conference wins.

Last year the team was able to win the conference tournament but didn’t perform the way they wanted in the regional tournament. From there, senior Joey Cerney was able to make it to the IHSA State Championship. This year, the team has higher hopes for postseason success.

Two of their top golfers are now seniors, Matt Sims and Joey Cerney. 

“[Cerney and Sims] are motivated to step up and to finish higher than they did last year,” head coach Barry Baldwin said. 

The team went on to place first in the DuPage Valley Conference match on Sept. 21 with a 310-301 lead. 

They advanced to regionals, competing on Sept. 27 where only the top three teams were allowed to advance. Central placed fourth out of eight competing teams with a score of 314. 

Even with this loss, the team was able to advance three individuals to the sectional tournament. Sims placed first with a 75, Cerney placed fourth with a 78, and freshman Ryan Kong placed ninth with a score of 80. 

“The whole match was pretty much a struggle for everyone on the course,” freshman Ryan Kong said. “The three of us managed to pull through.”

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Evelyn Zwicky
Evelyn Zwicky, Online Managing Editor & Sports Editor
Evelyn Zwicky is a senior at Naperville Central. This is her second year on Central Times and she enjoys reporting on sporting events the most. Outside of Central Times, she is a lacrosse goalie and plays for Central’s team.
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