Geneseo stumbles at RI

Amy Carton
Rich Snell tees off on hole No. 1 for the Leafs Aug. 23 against Dixon at Maple Bluff.

The Geneseo High School boys’ golf team suffered its first two losses of the season to Dixon at home and Rock Island on the road.

Geneseo vs. Rock Island

Geneseo had a tough round of golf Aug. 24 in the Leafs’ first road match at Highland Springs in Rock Island. The host Rocks captured the win, 162-185.

“We notoriously struggle at Highland Springs and last night was no exception,” said head coach Darren Hall. “We struggled, but it was a good thing to happen early in the year. Now this gives us a chance to focus on some things at practice.”

Rich Snell led the Geneseo squad, carding a 43 for the course, while Calvin Lillion shot a 44.

Alec Cheek recorded a 47 for the day, while Matt Dragolovich came in with a 49. Dugan Kuffel finished with a 50 and Jordan Etter shot a 52.

Geneseo vs. Dixon

The visiting Dixon Dukes handed Geneseo its first loss of the season, 147-164 at Maple Bluff Aug. 23.

“I think the good thing is our players are having the opportunity to see some very good golfers and teams that are what we aspire to play like,” said Hall. “Hopefully if we can learn a few things from them it will give us something to build on.”

Cheek and Snell led the Leaf golfers as both carded 40s for the course.

Dragolovich, Lillion and Etter each recorded 42s for the match, while Billy Converse shot a 43 and Kuffel a 44.

The junior varsity defeated Dixon by a score of 181-220 and Collin Medley was the medalist with a 41.

Other JV scores included Kevin Wolak, 44; Tyler Ford, 47; Dylan?Dale, 49; Damon VanRycke, 53; Chase Braack, 54 and Jake Scott, 69.

The Leafs (2-2 overall) will next host the Geneseo Invite at 8 a.m. Aug. 28 at Maple Bluff Golf Course.

“The field (at the Geneseo Invite) just gets better and better,” said Hall. “It is a really strong field and I hope if people want to come and see some pretty good golf there are a lot of individuals that will shoot some good numbers.”