CRETE | Homewood-Flossmoor's Jack Mulligan left a few shots out on the course Tuesday morning, but it didn't stop him from bettering his opponents on this day.
After a double bogey on his first hole, Mulligan went on to shoot a 75 to win the individual standings at the 3A Marian Catholic Regional at Lincoln Oaks.
Homewood-Flossmoor (314) finished second behind host Marian Catholic (309). Mount Carmel (330) was third.
"I started out with a double and I didn't finish how I wanted," Mulligan said. "But I think I played pretty well. I would have rather seen our team win it, but I'm happy with today and pretty confident with our team at sectionals."
Marian Catholic's Ryan Kelly helped the Spartans to a first-place finish with his 79.
"I'm real happy with what the team did ... 309 is a really good score," Kelly said. "It's the best we've had all season. We just need to come back and keep working, and hopefully get down to state."
Marian Catholic's Casey Domke shot a 76 on the day and finished tied with teammate Mike Millsaps for second in the overall individual standings.
"We have a great team and I feel like we have potential to do something for sectionals," Domke said. "Hopefully we can go out Monday, play it smart, and have another good round."
The Spartans, Vikings and Caravan will all move on to Monday's 3A Marist Sectional at Old Oak Country Club in Homer Glen. Mount Carmel's Michael Goodman, a Dyer native, bounced back after a rough start to shoot a 78 and finished tied for fourth on the day.
"I started the day off a little rough," Goodman said. "After four holes, I asked myself what can I do to turn this around? And I started getting some pars and felt some momentum going forward.
"I didn't stop there, and just kept going and finished with a great back nine."
Bloom Township's David Metzner shot a 96 and qualified for next week's sectional via the top 10 individual scores not from an advancing team. T.F. South's Josh Crosby shot an 88 and will also travel to Old Oak to compete next week along with teammate Isaac Riley.
"I could have done better, but I'm happy with the way I played today," Metzner said. "I'm looking forward to sectionals next week. It's my senior year, and I want to end it with a bang."