Lockport, Gehrig Hollatz stand out in tourney play

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Despite carding one of his best rounds of the season, Lockport’s Gehrig Hollatz couldn’t help but check his rearview mirror Tuesday at the SouthWest Suburban Blue Tournament.

It’s hard to blame him. Last season, Hollatz needed a four-hole playoff to defeat Joliet co-op’s Trent Wallace for conference supremacy.

The two seniors were inevitably in the mix once again, but an early lead allowed Hollatz to thwart the suspense.

Hollatz fired six birdies in carding a 2-under 69 to repeat as conference champion at Coyote Run in Flossmoor. He topped Wallace (second, 72) and Homewood-Flossmoor’s Jack Mulligan (third, 72) for the honor.

“I kept asking my coach (Matt Eber) where Trent was at, because I wanted to know if he was right there with me,” said Hollatz, who recently committed to Butler. “It was nice to just win it by myself.”

While Hollatz was 2-under after the front nine, Wallace started slow but finished strong with three straight birdies to beat Mulligan on a scorecard tiebreaker for second. Mulligan, a junior, was pleased to keep up with the conference stalwarts.

“I was excited when I heard I was playing with Gehrig,” Mulligan said. “I want to play with the best. It was a little disappointing to fall short, but I played well and had three birdies.”

Lockport also repeated as SouthWest Suburban Blue champion with its best score of the season. The Porters finished with a 302, besting Homewood-Flossmoor (311), Sandburg (313) and Joliet co-op (317) in a tight, six-team race.

Luke Trent (77), Matt Sheldon (77) and Andrew Crowe (79) all contributed top-10 scores for Lockport.

Meanwhile, Sandburg posted its second best score of the season behind Brett Been’s fourth-place finish. Been tallied a 75 and had one of the best shots of the tournament, burying a par-5 eagle on the 17th hole.

“I hit a three iron from 280 yards out,” Been said. “I wasn’t even trying to hit the green — it just rolled up there about four feet away.”

Been said the 75 was his best round of the season by six strokes.

“I’m getting hot toward the end of the season, so that’s good,” Been said. “The team is playing pretty well right now, too.”

Joliet co-op’s Mark Boykin (fifth, 77), Sandburg’s Jimmy Roche (eighth, 77) and H-F’s Preston Genett (ninth, 79) rounded out the top 10.

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