DeKALB – After placing ninth at state a season ago, McHenry’s Truman Keppy was just looking to avoid a playoff Monday at the Class 3A DeKalb Sectional at Kishwaukee Country Club.
He didn’t avoid the playoff, but he did shoot a 2-over-par 72 to tie for the best score after 18 holes.
Keppy took runner-up honors to DeKalb’s Jack Paeglow after a one-hole playoff in which he carded a bogey 5 and Paeglow a 4.
“I feel like it’s just grind day,” Keppy said. “If you had a bad hole, you just couldn’t give up, just had to keep grinding. I feel like mentality was key to winning the day.”
Keppy, who will be playing at the state golf tournament for a third time, knows what it takes to be successful at Bloomington’s The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course.
“Getting off the tee is a big thing, too,” Keppy said. “It’s a hard course, but if you can play good down there, you’ll have a fun time and be top 10 or whatever you’re going to be. I feel like the biggest thing going down there … just overall your game has just got to be good because that course is hard.”
And the goal there is simple.
“This year, I’m looking to win it for my senior year,” Keppy said. “That’s what I want, to win it.”
Crystal Lake Central’s Eric Klutke put the negative feelings associated with coming up short of state last year behind him, and carded a 76 Monday to earn his first state appearance.
“I’m excited, looking forward to state and I’m going to try winning it as a sophomore,” Klutke said.
Klutke did not card a birdie but kept even his bad holes to bogeys.
“I didn’t really focus about the end score,” Klutke said. “Just took it one hole at a time.”
Now that he’s through, Klutke is confident state will go his way.
“I’ve played big tournaments most of my life, all over the country, so … just going to go out there and have fun,” Klutke said.
Sam Huff shot an 83 for McHenry.
McHenry shot 325 to take seventh as a team. Crystal Lake Central was 11th with a 359, and Huntley shot 365 for 12th.