It's almost scary how good Brandon DiBlasi's score could have been.
Even with a triple bogey on his final hole, the Cary-Grove golfer carved out a nifty 3-under par 68 to take individual honors at Saturday's 40th annual Dundee-Crown Charger Classic held at Randall Oaks Golf Course.
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DiBlasi's 18-hole round included 6 birdies and 24 putts, He was 1 stroke from setting the invitational record set by Fremd's Jamie Drost, who carded a 67 last season. Drost shot a 71 during Saturday's round.
"My putting was incredible," said DiBlasi. "I had a new routine and it really worked. I really played well and that is good to see with the conference and regionals coming up."
It was also a good day for the Cary-Grove team, which claimed team honors with a score of 301. Fremd was second with a score of 304.
Daniel DePrey was the Trojans' No. 2 golfer with a score of 71 followed by Pete Kalamaras with a 79. Kyle Irlbacker tallied an 83.
Cary-Grove's previous best score as a team this season was 319.
"Brandon was phenomenal and the whole team was phenomenal," said Cary-Grove coach Kelly Muzzy. "We know we are going to have shoot that type of team score to do well in the regionals."
Fremd, which was without No. 2 player Dylan Norris, was led by Drost. He was followed by James Feng with a 76, Matt Doherty carded a 78 and Connor Ostoich and Josh Rosenzweig had 79s. Feng was eighth overall individually.
"Even with Dylan I don't even think we would have been able to catch Cary-Grove today," said Fremd coach Josh Teschner. "They were outstanding. We had a great day. With Palatine and Prospect coming up this week and the state series coming up we are going to have to continue to play well."
Jacobs, the defending champs of the invitational, was third with a score of 308. Jack Ramsett, who was sixth overall, was the Golden Eagles' top player with a 74. Also in the 70s were Gabe Askam (77), Justin Lenzini (78) and Chris Boyle (79).
"Even though we played well we felt we left some shots on the course," said Jacobs coach Jeremy Bauer. "We felt we had enough talent to win the team title."
Geneva, led by a 75 from Dan Cisco, was fourth with a score of 313. Cisco, who was seventh overall, was backed by a 77 by Mac Feehan, 79 by Brett Hassells and 82s from Matt Fisher and Alex Schreiber.
Benet Academy finished fifth, tied with Palatine with a score of 314.
The Redwings were led by Alex Bassetto with a 76 and Frank Ferconio with a 77. The Benet duo was ninth and 10th overall respectively. Ben Johnson shot a 80 and Joe Minik an 81 for Benet.
Palatine was paced by Tom Broders, who was fifth overall with a 74. Reese Van Balen scored 79 followed by Tim Klein with an 80 and Preston Towers with an 81.
St Edward, which was seventh overall with a score of 318, was led by Dan Winters, who was fourth overall with a 74. Next in line for the Green Wave was Mike Butzow with an 80. John Butzow and Mike Mattas each shot 82.