Boys golf | Regional preview

Jackowski’s hard work pays off for Hanover

2014-06-10T19:04:00Z 2014-06-10T22:55:13Z Jackowski’s hard work pays off for HanoverChristopher Breach Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 10, 2014 7:04 pm  • 

Hanover Central’s Josh Jackowski has come a long way in three years on the varsity golf team.

His hard work and perseverance have ultimately been rewarded this year as he and his Wildcats advanced to Thursday’s Lafayette Regional for the first time in three years by finishing second in the LaPorte Sectional last week.

“I’m tickled to death to finally play in the regional,” said Jackowski, who shot a career-best 81 at Beechwood last Friday as Hanover shot a 335, as did host LaPorte.

The Slicers won on the fifth-man tiebreaker.

“We made it out as a team, and that’s all that counts,” Jackowski said.

Playing in a regional two years ago might have been unimaginable for Jackowski. He finished that season shooting a 103 at Palmira in the Lake Central Sectional.

“My sophomore year was a big learning experience,” he said.

Jackowski was determined to become a better golfer, even while spinning his wheels as a junior. He shot 100 in the sectional last year at Beechwood.

“My junior year was pretty disappointing,” he said. “I was pretty much in the 90s and the 100s still. I knew I had to keep practicing.”

After his junior year, Jackowski joined the Palmira Junior League and he began making some headway, scoring in the 80s and 90s.

“I just kept hitting the range, chipping and putting,” he said. “That’s where it really counted.”

Jackowski was ready for his senior season, and getting to the regional was one of his goals.

“I wanted to get to the regional as an individual, but I wanted it to involve the whole team,” Jackowski said. “It’s great as an individual, but having the team going, too, is great.”

Coach Jerry Kienzele noticed how far Jackowski's game had progressed.

“Josh put in a lot of work over the summer and came back real strong this year,” he said.

Kienzele said keeping the ball in play is one of Jackowski’s strengths.

“Mentally, he’s a very good player,” he said. “His course management is very good. He knows where he wants to put the ball and where he wants to play it from.

“He’s not one of those players who just goes up there and tries to hit it as far as he can off the tee. He’s very smart on the course.”

Jackowski was voted the team MVP and was a first-team All-Greater South Shore Conference selection, along with Austin Umlauf and Ethan Hacker. Hanover (11-2) went 7-0 in conference dual meets and won the GSSC tournament with a 336 at Hazelden Country Club.

Jackowski has been averaging in the mid-80s as the Wildcats played in six 18-hole tournaments this season to get them where they are today.

“I’ve been doing the little things, and it’s just all started to click,” he said. “Like all the parts of a machine, it’s all working together now.”

Now it’s on to Battleground against some of the best teams in the state.

“It’s going to be a real tough regional, no question,” Kienzele said.

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Fan Poll

Loading…

Which school has the area's best girls cross country team?

View Results

Follow your school

Duneland Conference

Chesterton Trojans
News
Crown Point Bulldogs
News
Lake Central Indians
News
LaPorte Slicers
News
Merrillville Pirates
News
Michigan City Wolves
News
Portage Indians
News
Valparaiso Vikings
News

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll Warriors
News
Calumet Warriors
News
Lake Station Eagles
News
Michigan City Marquette Blazers
News
North Newton Spartans
News
River Forest Ingots
News
Wheeler Bearcats
News
Whiting Oilers
News

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark Pioneers
News
Gavit Gladiators
News
Hammond Wildcats
News
Morton Governors
News

Hoosier Conference

Rensselaer Bombers
News

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean 59ers
News
Griffith Panthers
News
Highland Trojans
News
Hobart Brickies
News
Kankakee Valley Kougars
News
Lowell Red Devils
News
Munster Mustangs
News

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace Hornets
News
Roosevelt Panthers
News
West Side Cougars
News

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove Wolves
News
Hanover Central Wildcats
News
Hebron Hawks
News
Kouts Mustangs/Fillies
News
LaCrosse Tigers
News
Morgan Twp. Cherokees
News
South Central Satellites
News
Washington Twp. Senators
News
Westville Blackhawks
News

Independents

Bowman Academy Eagles
News
Calumet Christian
News
Campagna Academy
News
Covenant Christian Knights
News
E.C. Central Cardinals
News
Hammond Baptist Swordsman
News
Luther East Eagles
News

Chicago Catholic League

Mt. Carmel Caravan
News
Seton Academy Sting
News
St. Francis deSales Pioneers
News

Chicago Public League

Washington Minutemen/Minutewomen
News

East Suburban Catholic

Marian Catholic Spartans
News

Metro Suburban

Illiana Christian Vikings
News

River Valley Conference

Beecher Bobcats/Ladycats
News
Illinios Lutheran Chargers
News

South Suburban Blue

T.F. North Meteors
News
T.F. South Rebels
News

Southland Athletic Conference

Bloom Twp. Blazin' Trojans
News
Crete-Monee Warriors
News

SouthWest Suburban Blue

Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings
News

SouthWest Suburban Red

Thornridge Falcons
News
Thornton Wildcats
News
Thornwood Thunderbirds
News