Congratulations to the 2017 Fenwick Boys’ Golf Team, which last week won the Catholic League Championship for the first time in 12 seasons (since ’05.) Before that, the Friars hadn’t taken the CCL since 1964 -- when the average U.S. annual income was less than Fenwick’s present-day tuition and a famous rock-n-roll band from England (the Beatles) first appeared on U.S. television.
The CCL match was held at Cog Hill in Lemont last Wednesday, September 27th. Reese Wildermuth, a senior, won the league with a career-best low score of 69 (3 strokes under par). He is the Lawless Player of the Year. Junior Josh Kirkham finished fourth overall, carding a score of 72. Two other Friars placed among the top-ten finishers: sophomore Jackson Schaeffer (73) and senior Billy Bruce (74). These four golfers earned All-Conference honors. Senior Michael Scudder (75) and freshman Jake Wiktor (84) rounded out the championship squad. The team’s score of 288 was even par and the Fenwick’s best score in the history of the event!
Head Coach Jerry Kribs, who has been named the CCL’s Lawless Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, conducted some research. He looked at yearbooks and Chicago Tribune clippings, and he even asked “my old golf coach, who had results from 1974-1999, and it looks like Fenwick Boys’ Golf won the Catholic League Championship in 2005, and before that [in] 1964,” Coach Kribs reports. “So that would make this year the second Catholic League title in the last 53 years. Pretty cool!” The IHSA Regional Tournament starts today. Good luck, Friars!
The '64 Fenwick Golf Team featured senior captain John "Chip" Brundage (fifth from left) and junior captain Pete Gearen (third from left). The Friars beat Leo by 25 strokes.
The '05 team lost only two conference matches. Senior Roger Steele was the Lawless POY and fellow senior Conor Weldon finished seventh in state.
Girl Golfers 2nd in Conference
Also on Wednesday, our Girls’ Golf Team competed in the Girls’ Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC) championship at Frankfort Green. With a team score 342, the girls placed second of 12 teams, behind only conference powerhouse Loyola Academy. Named to the GCAC All-Conference Team and earning medalist honors were Junior Alexis Attard (12th), Senior Natalie Mortell (9th, scoring a personal record round of 84) and Senior Stephanie Mroz (3rd, carding a 2-over 73). Mortell, Attard and Sophomore Taylor Hultquist each lowered their scores by four or more strokes over their prior Green Garden outing. Senior Olivia Morrissey and Sophomore Brigid O’Hara rounded out the Varsity squad.
Playing on the tough Gold course and representing the Friars on Junior Varsity were Senior Marie Miller, Junior Samantha Shalgos, Sophomore Grace Bennett and Freshman Gabriella Kiel. Let’s rock the Cog at the IHSA Regional at Cog Hill! Friar up, ladies!