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Boys golf: Neuqua Valley's Chromy makes the cut, and then some

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  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Joe Donzelli chips to the cup at the 6th hole during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.

      Wheaton Warrenville South's Joe Donzelli chips to the cup at the 6th hole during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Neuqua Valley's Jack Vercautren is all smiles after sinking a 40-foot birdie putt on the 6th hole during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.Vercautren also birdied the 7th hole as well.

      Neuqua Valley's Jack Vercautren is all smiles after sinking a 40-foot birdie putt on the 6th hole during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.Vercautren also birdied the 7th hole as well.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Benet Academy's Matt Severino tees off at the 7th hole during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.

      Benet Academy's Matt Severino tees off at the 7th hole during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Benet Academy's Matt Severino watches his approach shot to the 7th green during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.

      Benet Academy's Matt Severino watches his approach shot to the 7th green during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Neuqua Valley's Jack Vercautren tees off at the 8th hole during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.

      Neuqua Valley's Jack Vercautren tees off at the 8th hole during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Neuqua Valley's Jack Vercautren reacts to sinking a 40-foot birdie putt on the 6th hole during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.

      Neuqua Valley's Jack Vercautren reacts to sinking a 40-foot birdie putt on the 6th hole during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Joe Donzelli watches his drive during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.

      Wheaton Warrenville South's Joe Donzelli watches his drive during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville North's Carl Christiansen reacts to his 7th hole tee shot during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.

      Naperville North's Carl Christiansen reacts to his 7th hole tee shot during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central's Tommy Dunsire watches his drive during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.

      Naperville Central's Tommy Dunsire watches his drive during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Joe Donzelli, left, prepares to putt on the 5th hole while Naperville Central's Tommy Dunsire walks under his umbrella, right, during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.

      Wheaton Warrenville South's Joe Donzelli, left, prepares to putt on the 5th hole while Naperville Central's Tommy Dunsire walks under his umbrella, right, during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville North's Nick Sullivan watches his 7th hole tee shot during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.

      Naperville North's Nick Sullivan watches his 7th hole tee shot during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Joe Donzelli reacts to missing a birdie putt at the 5th hole during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.

      Wheaton Warrenville South's Joe Donzelli reacts to missing a birdie putt at the 5th hole during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central's Ryan Cagan watches his 7th hole tee shot during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.

      Naperville Central's Ryan Cagan watches his 7th hole tee shot during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Justin Seymour watches his 7th hole tee shot during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.

      Wheaton Warrenville South's Justin Seymour watches his 7th hole tee shot during the Naperville Central boys golf regional at Naperbrook Golf Course.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
 

Colin Chromy is a study in perseverance.

As a Neuqua Valley freshman, Chromy was cut from the boys golf JV team. As a sophomore he floated between the JV and varsity, but mainly played JV.

As a junior he's the Class 3A Naperville Central regional medalist.

"I've been working really hard. I didn't expect this, but it's great to win," said Chromy, Neuqua Valley's No. 3 golfer this season.

Instead of quitting the game after being cut as a freshman, Chromy resolved to work harder.

"I just got determined. When coach told me I got cut, I just got determined and I went to the range every day. I just hit balls," he said.

"It's a good hard-work story," Wildcats coach Bart Carbonneau added. "A lot of kids would find that devastating and kind of give up. He took it the opposite and it motivated him to work extremely hard."

He worked on becoming straighter off the tee, and that helped him lower his scores. It showed Tuesday at Naperbrook Golf Course.

"I was just hitting the greens," he said. "I just hit the greens in regulation, and that's something I'm known to do. Irons were going really well, and then when I got on the green I was able to make putts. I was able to get up and down, too, when I didn't make the green in regulation. My putter, on the last six holes, I made five one-putts. Putting was a key part of the day, I think."

Chromy's 2-under-par 70 also led Neuqua Valley to a 299 team score, tied with Wheaton Warrenville South. The Tigers won the team championship based on the fifth-score tiebreaker.

"I was actually kind of thinking at the start of the day 300 was our goal, so we actually got one better than that," Carbonneau said. "Actually a couple of our guys didn't play that great. Obviously, our top three did very well. They carried a lot of weight. But that was just enough."

Jack Lillig had the low score for WW South, a 73. Cooper Kohout and Joe Donzelli each shot a 75.

"It's a big deal," Tigers coach Jimmy Selleck said of the team win. "The regional is a tough regional. It's a lot of competition. We wanted to come out here and show that we can play."

Ironically, the Tigers placed second to the Wildcats at last week's DuPage Valley Conference tournament by one stroke.

"We stood up today," Selleck said. "We stood up today and showed some of our team depth, which was nice."

Naperville Central claimed the third and final team spot to advance to next week's sectional, shooting a 303. Tommy Dunsire led the Redhawks with a 71, Ryan Onorati shot a 75 and Ryan Cagan carded a 76.

"In the state tournament it's all about advancing," said Redhawks coach Barry Baldwin. "We advanced. In this field, with the caliber of teams here, any advancement is bonus. The kids played great. A 302 is outstanding, on a day like today, as windy as it was."

Naperville North placed fourth with a 311, with Benet fifth at 314.

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