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Priory boys golf team wins Metro League Tournament for third consecutive year

By: Warren Mayes

Top row [left to right]: Ben Blase, Frankie Kostecki, Steven Wendling
Bottom row [left to right]: Gulshan Kodwani, Alex Garza, Peter Weaver

The Priory Rebels boys golf team captured the Metro League Tournament for the third consecutive year.

The Rebels, who finished second in Class 3 last spring, won the recently played conference tournament with a 296. John Burroughs was a distant 24 strokes back.

Priory junior Gulshan Kodwani earned medalist honors by shooting a 71.

“We were clicking on all cylinders,” coach Jake Parent said. “Every member of the team shot well and had great rounds.

“We have done very well so far each time we have played. Rainouts have limited the number of rounds at this point, but the team has been really strong.”

It was important for the seniors to win the tournament again, Parent said.

“Our seniors have been a very solid and steady presence for us these last few years,” Parent said. “They have been the driving force for us winning the conference the past three years. I knew we had a chance to win if we played well. But with the strength of this conference year-in and year-out, you cannot take anything for granted.”

The tournament was played at The Falls Golf Club in O’Fallon.

“The Falls was in great shape for being this early in the season,” Parent said. “It was cold and it had rained for the past week. We had no problems with the conditions of the course.”

Kodwani’s round was impressive.

“This was Gulshan’s best round of his career in an official tournament,” Parent said. “It was an up-and-down round for Gulshan. He had two eagles on the par 5s, which were highlights of the round.”

The other scores for the Rebels were: Peter Weaver 73, Ben Blase 75, and Steven Wendling 77. Alex Garza and Frankie Kostecki each shot a 79.

Weaver finished second overall and Blase came in third. Wendling was sixth while Garza and Kostecki ended up tied for ninth.

“They all played great rounds and did very well considering the cold conditions,” Parent said. “Gulshan’s round was the most impressive as he put together his best round in competition. He has been our No. 3 golfer for the past two years and it was great to see him outdo his teammates and take first place.”

The Rebels were happy to retain the conference crown.

“We were all smiles at the end of the round,” Parent said. “Everyone felt like they contributed to the team’s success. It sets a very high standard for the rest of the year. We know what we are capable of, and we want to keep improving throughout the season.

“The competition within the team has heated up and it will be fun to see who accepts the challenge and improves this season.”


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