Check out our five boys golfers to watch with the 2019 season underway this week.
Truman Keppy, McHenry, sr. – The 2018 Northwest Herald All-Area first-team pick advanced to the Class 3A state tournament for the second straight year and tied for ninth with a 1-over-par 73, becoming only the eighth Warriors golfer to place in the top 10 at state, and first since 2001. Keppy took 11th at the Fox Valley Conference Tournament with a 75, second at regionals with a 70 and took one of the last two state-qualifying spots at sectionals with a 76.
Eric Klutke, Crystal Lake Central, so. – Klutke, a Northwest Herald All-Area second-team pick, burst onto to the scene as a freshman and finished one spot from qualifying for the Class 3A state tournament, losing in a five-golfer playoff at the Class 3A Palatine Sectional. Klutke placed third at the conference tournament with a 72, third at regionals with a 71 and tied for 11th at sectionals with a 76.
John Lishchynsky, Crystal Lake South, sr. – Lishchynsky was named to the All-Area second team after another big season for the Gators, who qualified for state and completed a perfect FVC schedule. Lishchynsky was fifth at the FVC Tournament with a 75, tied for 12th at regionals with an 82 and tied for sixth at sectionals with a 76. At the Class 2A state tournament, he posted South's third-lowest score with an 82.
Will Stewart, Crystal Lake South, jr. – Stewart, an All-Area first-team selection, helped lead the Gators to their first state trip in 16 years. He had the team's second-best score at state with an 81 as South took 10th overall. Stewart also helped lead the Gators to a perfect conference season, going 8-0 in duals and winning their first FVC championship since 2000. He was fourth at the FVC Tournament with a 73, tied for second at regionals with a 76 and tied for sixth at sectionals with a 76.
Jake Zirlin, Dundee-Crown, jr. – Zirlin shot a personal-best par 71 at the FVC Tournament and took medalist honors in a playoff, becoming the first Chargers golfer under Bob Sweeney, coaching in his 15th season, to win the individual conference championship. Zirlin, an All-Area second-team selection, tied for fifth at regionals with a 74.