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Preview: Hinsdale Central's Brian Dolehide has Prairie Bluff’s number

08/23/2014, 3:15pm CDT
By George M. Wilcox | wilcox@pioneerlocal.com | @geomwilcox

Defending WSC Silver champion Brian Dolehide has recorded two of his finest rounds on the Lockport course.


Hinsdale Central’s Brian Dolehide lines up his putt during the WSC Silver championship last year at Prairie Bluff. | File

Some people dream of being home for the holidays.

Hinsdale Central senior Brian Dolehide looks forward to playing Prairie Bluff on Aug. 15.

One year to the day of Dolehide’s only hole-in-one, he shot a career-best 66 Friday during team tryouts at Prairie Bluff Golf Course in Lockport. He eagled the par-5 fourth hole, while his only bogey came when he three-putted on No. 9. 

A year ago, he recorded his only hole-in-one, on Prairie Bluff’s No. 3.

Look for Dolehide to be fired up when the West Suburban Silver conducts its conference meet there later this season.

Dolehide is the top returning senior for the two-time Class 3A state champion Red Devils. Hinsdale Central again is the state favorite with four returning scorers from the state tournament. 

The only Class 3A school to win three consecutive state championships was St. Viator, from 2007-09.

Dolehide said his 66 provided a tremendous confidence boost heading into the season. Hinsdale Central was scheduled to start its season Monday at the Palatine Invitational. 

“It feels good. I can’t wait until [Monday],”  Dolehide said.

Dolehide, whose cousin is Brewers pitcher Tom Gorzelanny, wasn’t the only member of his family to win a team championship in the past year. His older sister, Courtney, was the captain of UCLA’s NCAA championship women’s tennis team in 2014. While at Hinsdale Central, she won three state doubles championships.

Brian Dolehide has played competitive tennis, but golf is his passion. He is focused on the high school season as a team leader with fellow senior Billy Bizub.

“Brian is a happy kid, who loves to play golf,” Devils coach Jess Krueger said. “He likes the team camaraderie. He plays better when the whole team comes in [with good scores].”

Dolehide’s 66 tops his previous personal record of a 68 in a competitive round during an AJGA event this summer. He also recorded a 67 while playing with his father, Brian Sr., in 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

“I stopped playing with him [competitively] when he started outdriving me,” Brian Sr. said, adding that it happened when his son was 12. “It’s not because I’m humble. I just love to watch him play. He had a good summer. He did what he was supposed to do.”

One of the challenges for the third-year varsity golfer is to put the end of last season behind him. A few weeks after firing a 69 to win the conference championship, he tied for 31st at state, shooting 76-80-156.

“I’m trying to forget about that and make birdies and low scores,” Dolehide said.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Jon Hudson, Lyons

The Iowa State-bound senior won the qualifier this summer for the U.S. Junior Amateur in Houston. Hudson, who placed 19th last year at state, won the MAJGT Deerfield Open April 20 and placed ninth at the AJGA St. Louis Open on June 5.

Kenneth Li, Hinsdale Central

Li lost to Glenbrook North’s Brian Ohr by one shot, when Ohr birdied the final hole at the state tournament. Li also placed 14th at state as a freshman. The Westmont resident tied 13th for at the AJGA Junior Championship July 31 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Brendan O’Reilly, Hinsdale Central

The sophomore provided a tremendous lift to the Devils last season by taking 11th at state. His personal best was a 66 at last year’s team tryouts. He won the MAJGT Windmill Open May 4 with a 74-69-143.

Drew Shepherd, Hinsdale Central

The junior looks to build off last year’s 46th at state. He competed in three MAJGT events, with a top finish of 15th at the Notre Dame Open April 24. He also took 12th at the AJGA Midwest Junior Players Championship at Mistwood.

Matt Walsh, Lyons

The senior took medallist honors at the York Regional with a 67, but then had a bad day at sectionals and did not qualify for state. Along with freshman Patrick Akaniroj, the IJGA Junior player of the year, the Lions hope to have enough to overtake Hinsdale Central.

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