With ISL Title Clinched, Boys Golf Already Playing a Season for the Books


Leo Romano

The varsity boys golf team has had a season to remember, and it’s not done yet.

Boys golf, a sport known for its preppy uniforms and early dismissals, has had a very strong start to the season. The varsity boys golf team opened their season with a nine-match win streak and clinched the ISL title on September 21.

A state title is no doubt in the hearts and minds of the group. Even their Instagram bio reads, “PROJECTED 2022 STATE CHAMPS.” Boys golf has lofty, attainable goals.

With the high expectations, they have a long way to go. They need to perform well at regionals and sectionals to qualify for the IHSA State Championship.

Last year, the boys golf team had a strong roster but suffered a heartbreaking loss at regionals. This year, there is a new face on the team: Coach Matthew Pantano. Senior Leo Romano said, “His high energy was able to pave the way to a very successful season as of now.” He added, “Coach’s unwavering support also demonstrates how much he cares for everyone on the team, regardless of score.”

Also new to the team this year is freshman Jack Zeiger, the only first-year on the varsity roster. He has received full support from his teammates and feels they’ve made him a better player. “Being with older people on the team has helped my mental strength and skill,” he said. “Charlie Coleman, especially, gave me the best advice of not looking at the leaderboard. Since then, I have played a lot better.”

Eager to build on their successful season, the team is hopeful for the State Tournament. “We will continue to build off of each other’s good play down the stretch,” Leo said. “I am super excited for the next two weeks, because I think we can make a great run at the state title.”

Girls Golf Coach Peter Hendrick added a note of support. “[The boys] are really playing great golf against great competition and have a legitimate shot to go far in the state tournament.”