Golfers to watch: Michael Barber, Jr.; Justin Peters, Jr.; Austin Wilson, Jr.
Key losses: Zach Aring, Bill Dwyer, Jeremy Perkins, Nick Hermanson.
Outlook: Barber, who finished 46th in last year’s Class 1A championship tournament, has won back-to-back Class 1A regional titles in his first two years as a Bobcat, combining savvy and a studious work ethic. Now he goes for a third, and coach David Serafin hopes his coattails are long. “We have a competitive group of young men and I expect them to improve consistently throughout the season,” Serafin said.
Golfers to watch: Joe Despain, Jr.; Billy Sawallish, So.; John Redmon, Sr.; Gavin Wagner, So.
Key losses: Miles Bailey, Adam Kadich, Robert Russell.
Outlook: A young squad of Warriors will try to pick up where Bailey, a regular sectional qualifier, left off. Despain’s 88 led Crete-Monee at Balmoral Woods, with the others in the 90s and up. Sawallish could provide the best hope for improvement during the season.
Golfers to watch: Brent Hughes, So; Cole Tronsen, Jr.; Tyler Reid, Sr.; Ken Dames, Sr.
Key losses: Alex Cueller, Austin Smith, Joe Proby.
Outlook: The emergence of Hughes, who led the Vikings at Balmoral Woods on Tuesday, bodes well for a squad that lost three solid players. Senior Aaron Vail could be a valuable fifth man by season’s end.
Golfers to watch: Matt Zandstra, So.; Steven Massey, Jr.; Tony Dykstra, Sr.; Mark Pals, Sr.
Key losses: Jon Zandstra, Dan Lagestee, Trevor Wheaton, Jake Buender, Chris Tempelman.
Outlook: With five players graduated from last year’s 2A state qualifying squad, the Vikings are rebuilding. Building block No. 1 Matt Zandstra tied for 67th in the abbreviated 2A championship, eighth best among qualifying freshmen, and coach Jack Rudenga reports he’s bigger and better this summer. Zandstra and Massey are Illiana’s 1-2 punch.
Golfers to watch: Neil Doyle, Sr.; Ryan Kelly, Sr.; Mike Millsaps, Sr.; Matt Hershberger, Sr.
Key losses: Josh Pieck.
Outlook: The Spartans have a quintet of players capable of brushing up against 80, including sophomore Casey Domke, who managed an 88 in his first varsity appearance of the season, and after his driver broke. That depth, plus the experience of a quartet of seniors, will go a long way toward a potential repeat of last year’s 3A sectional berth.
Golfers to watch: Jake Lenti, So.; Tim Griffin; Sam Johnson, Jr.
Key losses: Louis Vitiritti, Nick Murray, Ryan Hernandez, Rich Fordon.
Outlook: The departure of four solid players and the arrival of new coach Mike Himes means a new look to the Caravan golf team. Lenti’s 86 paced Mount Carmel at Joliet Country Club in the season opener, with Griffin three strokes behind.
Golfers to watch: Juan Gutierrez, Sr.; Sam Wojick, Sr.; Sam Bomba, Jr.
Key losses: Dennis Minefee, Ruben Martinez.
Outlook: Coach Chad Spilde is looking for a big year from senior Juan Gutierrez, an all-South Suburban Conference player as a sophomore. He’s also looking for a consistent fourth score, which may come from juniors Kaitlin Nichols or Carl Dorsey, or freshman Trevor Dixon.
Golfers to watch: Maggie Sloan, So.; Josh Crosby, Sr.; Isaac Riley, Sr.; Manny Cord-Cruz, Jr.
Key losses: Justin Pasko.
Outlook: Sloan’s back for her second season as the lone female on the team, and has been installed in the No. 1 slot after a busy summer.
She qualified for the girls Class AA finals last season, while Crosby, pushing Sloan for the top spot, made it to Class 3A sectional. “We need to develop a few juniors that can contribute in matches to give us a chance to compete in conference,” coach Matt Johnson said.
— Compiled by Tim Cronin