Scouting boys golf regionals
When: Tuesday, October 2
The layout: Host St Viator, Hersey, Buffalo Grove, Prospect, Rolling Meadows and Wheeling will tee off at Old Orchard Country Club in Arlington Heights at the Lions regional; Barrington, Fremd and Palatine will compete at the Crystal Lake South meet at Redtail Golf Club; Conant, Elk Grove, Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg square off at Indian Lakes in the Lake Park regional; while Leyden and Maine West will look for advancement at Glenbrook South's regional to be held at Glenview Park Golf Club.
At stake: A spot at the sectional tourneys on Monday, Oct. 8.
Golfers to watch: Luke DeTrempe, Robert Renner (St. Viator); Greg Conrad, Nick Schippel (Barrington); Zach Piepho (Conant); Matt Eilrich (Buffalo Grove); Ryan White (Elk Grove); Zach Isoda and Josh Rosenzweig (Fremd); Matt Johnstone, Kenny Mleko and Grant Manno (Hersey); Tom Kukec (Maine West); Matt Lynch (Palatine); Josh Johnson (Prospect); Matt Kuzniar (Rolling Meadows); Jack Ferguson (Wheeling).
Advancement: The top 3 teams at each regional, along with the top 10 individuals not on advancing teams, move on to Sectionals.
The squads that come out of the Viator and Crystal Lake South meets will certainly have their work cut out for them. Both regionals feed into the stacked Barrington sectional, which will probably include the likes of two-time defending champion Lake Forest, plus Stevenson. But the ESCC champion Lions have the potential behind Renner, DeTrempe and Hudson Luthringhausen, while the Broncos have two top-grade golfers in Schippel, this year's Mid-Suburban League individual titleist, and Conrad, the 2011 champ. Prospect should be able to advance on the strength of back-to-back MSL team titles, while Hersey and Rolling Meadows also have great opportunities to make it out of the St. Viator regional. Conant won the Addison Trail regional last year and hope to do the same this season at Indian Lakes. Fremd will look to join Barrington at the top of the heap at Redtail.
-- Bill Esbrook