The defending state champions acted prefer it at during regional play at Wilmette Golf Club Wednesday, Sept. 27.
Recent Trier dominated the sector en path to a first-place finish, topping runner-up Evanston by 15 strokes and third-place Loyola Academy by 19, within the IHSA Class 3A Loyola Regional Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Wilmette Golf Club.
Trevians were regulars on the leaderboard. Sophomore Logan Keeter was the tournament champion, carding a one-under-par 69. He edged senior teammate Noah Zyung and his even-par 70. Three other Trevs finished in the highest 11: Senior Johnny Creamean (75) tied for fifth, senior Oliver Barr (77) tied for eighth and senior Connor Gray (78) tied for tenth.
“We attempt to peak at the tip of September and October, because that’s our goal to complete strong for the state tournament,” Recent Trier coach Pete Drevline said. “We sit up for the tip of the 12 months and heading into regionals. That’s once we play our greatest golf.”
Recent Trier returned three of six golfers, including state champ Creamean, from its state-winning lineup in 2022 and have dominated much of the season.
The talent on the Trevians roster is undeniable but in a sport as unforgiving as golf, it may well be difficult to stay consistent, even with a talent-packed lineup. Drevline said his golfers’ mental fortitude supports their physical aptitude.
“The important thing to this squad is chemistry,” he said. “We all know we’re pretty good golfers. We’re defending a state championship so there’s going to be a goal on our back. It’s just really coming out here and staying focused for 18 holes and today they did that. The outcomes speak for themselves.”
He added, “The groundwork has been laid by our previous teams and all of the players who’ve come through and set the bar high. … We now have a high standard at Recent Trier, and it’s a credit to those guys and on a regular basis and energy they put into playing golf. Their goal is to be a state champion.”
With the regional championship in tow, Recent Trier advances as a team to the IHSA Class 3A Prospect Sectional on Monday, Oct. 2, at Mt. Prospect Golf Club. Evanston and Loyola will join them.
Seamus Purcell led the Ramblers with a two-over 74, ok for a tie for third place with Evanston’s Kieran Low. Fellow Ramblers Ben Rieske and Drew Southwell tied for eleventh with their 78s, and Gavin Smith shot an 80 to tie for 18th.
In one other 3A regional, Highland Park seniors Danny Klein and Kalin Patel shot matching 81s to put seventeenth and advance to the sectional competition. The Giants placed seventh as a team, while Lake Forest (regional champ), Libertyville and Vernon Hills topped the sector to maneuver on to the sectional.
In IHSA Class 1A, North Shore Country Day (318 strokes) got here out on top within the Elgin Regional Sept. 27 at The Golf Club of Illinois, winning the tournament by seven strokes over Northridge and Harvest Christian Academy.
Raiders senior Max Greenberg Winnick placed third overall with a three-over 74, while junior Jonathan Wiggins and sophomore Tucker Sichol tied for eleventh, each shooting 80.
NSCD moves on to the McNamara Sectional on Monday, Oct. 2, at Kankakee Elks Country Club.