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Huntley takes the Crystal Lake South Invitational after severe thunderstorm hits

Trent Craig tees off at hole one at Red Tail Golf Club (M.Wilson)
Riley Wicks takes his shot on hole two on the golf course (M.Wilson).

On Oct. 5, Huntley’s boys varsity golf team put their skills to the test at the Crystal Lake South Invitational at Red Tail Golf Club in Lakewood, Ill. Huntley won overall as a team with individuals Gage Jereb and Jake Grabner winning on the individual parts of the tournament.

“We’ve normally done pretty well in the past,” said golfer Riley Wicks prior to the tournament. “So hopefully, we’ll do pretty well here again.”

Today’s invite was a shotgun start. Boys from Crystal Lake South, Streamwood, Cary Grove, Rolling Meadows, Jacobs, and Huntley started at various holes across the golf course teaming up to four golfers at each hole.

This invitational was a scramble. Teams of two were required to strike the golf ball, and whoever had gotten the better shot was the shot that the team went with.

The rules of today’s invitational were based on the official scramble rules of the USGA. Golfers were not allowed to take their ball out of a hazard. If one player on a team taps in their ball, the put is official. Players were required to mark everything off until they were done.

The tournament was canceled prematurely do to the severe thunderstorm warning that took place at the tournament.

“The biggest challenge today was going to be the weather,” said Crystal Lake South coach Curt Wadlington.

Starting off at hole one was Huntley’s Riley Wicks and Trent Craig in accompaniment with Jacobs’s Jack Ramsett and Chris Boyle. Craig had gotten the better shot in their first attempt at this course for Huntley.

Each player complimented the other by saying “nice shot,” “good try,” or “what a hit.” Every comment was strictly professional and highly sportsmanlike.

Today’s adverse conditions left the grass soggy and the humidity on the rise. It was musky and cloudy with the tiniest bit of a breeze to lessen the non-idealistic conditions.

Read more about scramble rules from the USGA, click here.

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