Naperville Central Completes DVC Championship Season

Thursday was the official first day of autumn, and it made itself known to those DuPage Valley Conference Boys Golf contenders gathering at Bristol’s BlackBerry Oaks Golf Course.

The jackets had to be broken and the first autumn winds quickly appeared.

But that hasn’t stopped some excellent solo and group performances from happening.

Naperville Central fired 316 en route to winning the championship. Combined with his eight points for winning four doubles encounters during the regular season, which puts him ahead of the overall championship.

The standings were followed by Waubonsie Valley (320), Metea Valley (324), Neuqua Valley (325), Naperville North (334), and DeKalb (348).

“That’s great. It gives us a lot of momentum to go in,” said Central’s Joey Carney, who scored 79.

His teammate Matthew Sims came in third with 76. The Blackberry Greens are fast, he said, which is a challenge. But he stressed that all golfers face the same challenge.

“They were very fast,” Sims said. “But that’s how it was with everyone. Some guys do well in the fast greens, some don’t.”

James Kavanagh hit 80 and Eric Lenz 81 to win the Redhawks. Dan Rabinovich, Kyle Closet, Rowan Schmidt, and Brady Schultz also competed.


The singles conference championship medal went to Waubonsie player Arjun Iyengar, who scored a goal under 71.

“I came today and didn’t expect to finish at the top,” said Iyengar. “It’s really special.” “I started the season in a slum, but I finished third at the Aurora City Invite and that got me going.”

Mate Valley’s Patrick McGrath finished second in the overall standings with a time of 75. His teammate Kyle Bucher shot 78 times.

“It was a tough session today. I was happy to see how the team finished,” he said.

The top scorer for Naperville North was Zach Ross (77) with Barth Vora ahead of Newqua with 81.

Aidan Lange was the DeKalb qualifier first with 83. Barbs will be in the 3A Huntley regional class at Pinecrest Golf Club on Wednesday.

On the same day, Metea, Central, North, Neuqua and Waubonsie will be located in the West Aurora area to be determined at Orchard Valley Golf Course in Aurora.

“They (Redhawks) are playing with confidence,” said Redhawks coach Barry Baldwin. “That puts them in the post-season in the right frame of mind.”

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