By Mark Vruno
Fenwick golfer Jack Mortell ’17, who is headed to Miami University (Oxford, OH) to play golf, was the Chicago Catholic League (CCL) Player of the Year this year, shooting a 66 at the Catholic League Tournament. “Jack also set a 9-hole record last season, shooting 30 [six under par] at Harborside,” points out Jerry Kribs, the CCL’s Lawless Coach of the Year.
On the girls’ tees at the Class 2A state finals, Amy Kucera ’17 tied for 21st in the state out of 112 players. In Round 1, she carded a two-over-par 74, which tied her for 10th place, only three strokes behind the leaders. Leading into the finals, Kucera “was a medalist honors in both the sectional and regional rounds,” says her coach, Kitty Delany. “Amy shot a 73 at the Schaumburg Sectional and a 78 at the Fenwick Regional.
“I can’t say enough about Amy’s self-discipline and work ethic,” Delany continued. “When you look at how far she came from freshman year – [when] she didn’t even play for me and was shooting in the 100s. She had no experience playing competitive golf but decided she wasn’t going to swim at Fenwick. She set goals and worked hard to achieve those goals.” Plus, Kucera is the ultimate team player and leader: “poised yet humble and encouraging,” according to Coach Delany.
In true Fenwick and Dominican fashion, Kucera is well-rounded, too. She was accepted into Xavier's University Scholars honors program, competed for and was a finalist for the Saint Francis Xavier Scholarship for “students with exceptional academic achievement and outstanding leadership involvement,” was awarded merit-based and athletic scholarships. In college, she plans to study mathematics, business analytics, statistics and computer science.
Kucera received two D1 and three D3 offers. One coach who recruited her said, “I am thankful that I was given the opportunity to be awed by a girl who totally buys in to the process of being great.”
Delaney concluded, “Xavier is lucky to have her!”