Carmel senior Jared Moore was a bit understated with the initial assessment of his performance in Monday's Class 3A Huntley boys golf sectional tournament at Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo.
"It was one of my better rounds," Moore said after shooting a 1-over-par 73 to finish in third place.
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Actually, it was the best 18-hole round of Moore's life by 1 shot. And Moore finished only 2 shots behind medalist Josh Johnson of Prospect and 1 stroke behind Deerfield's Ian Kelsey on the 6,541-yard course.
Moore led the way for the Corsairs as they finished seventh with 313 in a tough field. Deerfield won the team title with 302 and St. Viator (306) and Prospect (307) also advanced to this weekend's state tournament at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington.
Mundelein finished ninth as senior Bret Cigelnik shot 76 and was one of four survivors from a seven-player playoff to qualify for state.
Moore's best 18-hole round of this season had been a 78. But he put everything together on a cool and windy day where the start was delayed for almost 90 minutes by frost.
"I was just hitting fairways, my approach shots were pretty well on and I kept my putting to a minimum," Moore said. "I started off pretty good, had a little bit of a bump in the middle and then started to pick it back up after that."
Moore also played in the state tourney as a sophomore when Carmel qualified as a team.
"It's really exciting because it's my senior year and a lot of people wanted me to do well," Moore said. "I'm pretty happy I pulled it off. I definitely wanted to get down this year."
Cigelnik's return to state was a little tougher, but he was able to minimize his own tension by parring the par-5, 540-yard 10th hole. Cigelnik had also been in a playoff a couple of weeks ago to determine the North Suburban Conference championship.
"That helped a lot," Cigelnik said of handling the pressure. "It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be."
And Cigelnik repeated the formula he used to par the 10th hole earlier in the tourney.
"I hit a really good drive and I could have gone for it, but I played smart," he said of hitting a wedge to the middle of the green and then two-putting for par. "It's very exciting and it means a lot to me."
Huntley's Trent Craig also advanced with a par on the first playoff hole. Barrington's Joey Batliner and Jacobs' Chris Boyle qualified from the second playoff hole.
Carmel also got a 77 from Jackson Wietecha, an 81 from Jack Lake and an 82 from Nick Tasch. Mundelein counted a 78 from Derek Parola, an 80 from Ryan Magee and an 85 by Jeff Lee.
Warren's Jack Hansen just missed making the playoff with a 77.