Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (hosted by Waubonsee)
Chiefs earn back-to-back ISCC titles. Melms earns ISCC Medalist honors, while Rogue, Clark and Cook each achieve All-ISCC status.
Opponent: ISCC Match #5
Score: 326 (3rd place)
(Bristol, IL.) – Waubonsee Community College’s golfers captured their second consecutive Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) title, despite a bit of controversy. The Chiefs were attempting to make a clean sweep of every ISCC match, something that has not been done since Waubonsee achieved the feat in 2001. However, an incorrect score card resulted in a disqualification and dropped the Chiefs from first to third in the highly contest ISCC finale at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course. Waubonsee still easily grabbed the big trophy as they finished on top of the ISCC standings with 19 team points. Oakton Community College, which carded a team total of 312 to win the day, finished a distant second in the standings with 15 team points. Last year Waubonsee grabbed the ISCC title by the slimmest of margins, taking home the team title by just four strokes over six conference matches to edge Moraine Valley after both finished with 21 points.
Leading the way for Waubonsee was freshman Ben Melms who fired a 4-over par 76, battling sporadic wind and rain on a chilly, overcast afternoon. The DeKalb High School graduate finished with a 75.25 average over five conference matches to win ISCC Medalist honors. Teammate Ramir Rogue was just a stroke behind posting a 77, rallying on the back nine with a 36. The freshman finished second overall with an average of 76 to earn All-ISCC honors. Jackson Clark carded a 38 on the front nine, but struggled on the back nine as the weather deteriorated, tallying a 44 to finish with an 82. The freshman from Marmion Academy finished fifth in the conference with a 78.50 average to earn All-ISCC status. The Chiefs’ Jesse Denton carded a 92, and Jakob Sanders finished with an 84 while competing as an independent. DeKalb High School alumnus Jacob Cook compiled a 79.50 average in conference play to finish seventh individually and give the Chiefs a fourth All-ISCC honoree. Head Coach Dave Heiss was tabbed the ISCC Golf Coach of the Year for the second straight year and fifth time overall.