Golf: Lincoln-Way East’s Matt Stoner wins Mid-American Jr. event
By Tommy Stokke For Sun-Times Media July 4, 2012 8:28PM
Matt Stoner, Lincoln-Way East senior-to-be, tees off during the Mid-American Junior Golf Tour's Championship at Purdue. He won the event. | Supplied photo
Updated: August 6, 2012 11:58AM
Lincoln-Way East senior-to-be Matt Stoner withstood the weather and a tight leaderboard last week to capture the boys title at the Mid-American Junior Golf Tour’s Championship at Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind.
Entering the final round, Stoner and South Bend, Ind.’s, Michael Makris shared the lead, with seven other players within five shots.
Stoner fired a final-round 77 to finish at 15-over 231. Makris was second at 234.
“I just really focused my mind-set: ‘Don’t go after him, we’ll both falter eventually,’ ” Stoner said in a news release from the MAJGT. “I just made a few more putts than him and it turned out my way.”
Stoner’s back-nine 37 erased a two-stroke deficit and earned him his first win on the tour. His previous best finish was a tie for 16th at the Aberdeen Classic.
With the 360 points he earned for the win, Stoner moved into a tie for seventh in the MAJGT Player of the Year standings.
Frankfort’s Glenn Przybylski is in third place in the Chicago District Golf Association’s 2012 Player of the Year standings with 255 points. He trails leader Dave Ryan (400 points). A tournament win is worth 250 points. Lockport’s Andy Mickelson is in 16th with 100 points. ... The 12th annual Joliet Township High School Brent Wadsworth Golf Outing is scheduled for July 20 at Wedgewood Golf Course. The cost ($150 per golfer, $575 per foursome) includes greens fees, cart, continental breakfast, dinner, refreshments at the turn and a commemorative shirt. For information, call (815) 723-8227. ... Inwood’s Long Drive competition will be held Friday. For information, contact Brian Legan at email@example.com. ... The Joliet Park District Junior Tournament begins Monday at Inwood Golf Course. Matt Ward held off Brian Contey to win the title in 2011. ... The Lockport Township Park is offering adult beginner golf lessons for players 18 years and older on Saturdays and Sundays beginning Saturday. The lessons begin at 11:30 a.m. and are an hourlong through July 22 at Prairie Bluff Golf Course. For $70 ($80 non-resident) golfers can learn the basics of putting, chipping, pitching and the full swing. Junior lessons are also available from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for ages 7 to 16. For information, call (815) 838-3621. ... The Joliet Area Hospice golf outing is scheduled for Aug. 14 at Joliet Country Club. The price is $500 per foursome or $125 per person. Sign up at joliethospice.org.