DEMOTTE | When Boone Grove was presented the championship trophy at Saturday’s Kankakee Valley Invite, each team member crowded to collectively get their hands on the hardware.
Ideally, it was a total team effort for the Wolves who shot a 329 at the Sandy Pines Golf Club course to win the title by 16 strokes over runner-up Portage. Andrean took third with a 351 behind medalist Jack Musgrave’s 74.
But it was the Times No. 10 Wolves who shined brightly on a warm, breezy day. Junior Jeremy Shaffer shot a 75, and Brad Bobrowski shot a 78. Dan Pecney carded an 87, and Zach Wagner an 89.
“The kids worked hard, played a lot of golf in some real inclement weather, and I feel like they deserve it,” Boone coach Bob Lukas said. “They played up to my expectations, and I’m very pleased.”
Shaffer overcame a couple early double bogeys to finish strong, collecting four birdies along the way.
“The main part for me was keeping my composure after I had two straight doubles,” he said. “Once I got back into groove, I was fine.”
Shaffer and Bobrowski familiarized themselves with the course on Thursday after school, squeezing in 25 holes before dark.
“We were doing pretty good, so I was confident coming into today,” Shaffer said.
“These kids live, eat and breathe golf,” Lukas said. “When they’re not at practice, they’re golfing. That’s what is fun about this team. They’re close friends, and they play a lot of golf together.”
Bobrowski said the key on Saturday was keeping the ball below the pins and in play.
“We managed pretty well,” he said.
Jordan Henson carded a 79 for No. 9 Portage, while Noah Kunstek shot an 85.
“The expectation coming in was there was probably about four or five teams (who could win), and we thought we were one of them,” coach Dick Kretz said. “We were a little disappointed with our scores. We left a lot of shots out there, especially our one and No. 3.
“It was good to get out and a good day.”