Boys golf: Petrovic wins medalist honors, co-MVP, at SPC Championship

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PLAINFIELD – Minooka’s Luke Petrovic and Yorkville’s Jonathan Waugh entered Tuesday’s Southwest Prairie Conference boys golf tournament as the favorites to win the individual title and also to claim the conference’s most valuable player award.

When 18 holes at The Links at Carillon Golf Course was finished, it took a scorecard tie-breaker to separate the two golfers.

They each posted rounds of 75, but Petrovic took medalist honors after winning a tie-breaker. Petrovic and Waugh still did share the season-long SPC MVP award, as they wound up tied with 50 points.

Petrovic turned in nines of 37 and 38, and Waugh had totals of 39 and 36, which was good enough for a one-stroke win over two other golfers.

“This does feel pretty good,” Petrovic said. “There’s been a lot practice, and [Waugh] is a great player. There were a lot of good scores today. If we play good, we should be able to get to sectionals. Hopefully we’ll play good, and then we’ll keep moving on.”

Just as the individual title was up for grabs until the final hole, the honors for the team championship went down to the wire, with Oswego edging Plainfield North, 312-314, to not only win the 11-team tournament but also the SPC crown.

The Tigers were hoping to win their third-straight conference title, but the Panthers posted all of their top-four scores under 80, and that allowed them to claim top honors in the SPC for the first time since 2016. Minooka shot a 324 to finish in third place.

Oswego was led by Patrick Hranka (76), Jack Rimington (78), Ethan Albaugh (79) and Blake Ginn (79).

Finishing just one stroke behind the co-champions were Plainfield North’s Todd Daugherty and Oswego’s Hranka, who tied for third place with 76, with Daugherty posting totals of 39 and 37 while Hranka shot 41 and 35.

Other scorers for coach Mike Kneip’s Tigers were Tanner Daugherty (78), Drew Maletich (79) and Nick Campanella (81), while Ryan Gilbert (82), Patrick Farnan (83) and Noah Dutler (84) were next. Gilbert and all lower scores were all-conference for the tournament.

“It was nice to be at our home course, and we played good,” Todd Daugherty said. “Congratulations to Oswego since it played great. It stings a little to not win conference, but our focus is on the postseason, and hopefully we get to sectionals and state.”

Other Minooka leaders were Matt Sitar (80) and Kevin Phillips (83), who also earned all-SPC honors. Plainfield East all-conference golfers were Brent Cudal (79) and Charlie Hemmelgarn (79), while Joliet Township’s Nick Bartelt and Plainfield Central’s Max Hunter earned spots based on their season’s work.