The weather at Fremd Inverness Invite can be spotty.
Two years ago it rained and there was also excessive heat. Last year the event didn’t even take place in Inverness due to COVID-19 and was performed in Highland Woods.
It went off without a hitch on Monday. But true to reality, as the clouds cleared, the heat and humidity increased.
It had a huge effect on the teams as Prospect withered in the last four holes. This allowed Glenbrook North and New Trier to overtake the Knights.
Glenbrook North won the Invitation in one stroke over conference rival New Trier, scoring a 304 to 305 for the Trevians. Prospect was third with a 308 while Maine South was fourth with a 311.
“We got off to a great start, but we just didn’t finish the way we needed to,” said Prospect coach James Hamann. “We got hot early and led early. It was unfortunate, but we have things to fix.”
The Knights were led by Patrick Raupp, who shot a 75, to tie for fourth. Inverness is Raupp’s golf course.
“That’s pretty much what I usually shoot here,” Raupp said. “The greens were rolling well and I thought I played pretty well.”
The Knights also scored points from Luke Kruger, who had a 76 and was tied for 6th. Daniel Raup had a 78 while Will Salzmann and Hugo Arzbaecher Aeschylus each had a 79.
Will Leber of New Trier was an invitational medalist with a 73.
Glenbrook North’s Issa Kuwahara and Robby O’Ragan are each tied for second with a 74. Both played well but said they were struggling with the Inverness Greens.
“I was playing pretty well,” said Kuwahara, who is a senior. “But none of my putts came in. I was hitting the greens, but put two putts all day.”
O’Ragan, who is a junior, said he warmed up with the change in temperature.
“I didn’t start well,” O’Ragan said. “I put it back up and did a lot of pars. I birdie, birdie on 10’s and 11’s and just had a stable finish.”
The Titans also got a fine performance from Jason Gordon, who had a 77, and tied for 9th. Carl Gustin and Eli Myers, who each rolled a 79, also assisted Glenbrook North.
“We did a good job today,” said Glenbrook North coach Justin Gerbich. “This course is tough. It’s not easy so I was happy with the scores we got.”
Maine South was led by Myles Lahart, who was tied for fourth with a 75.
“The greens here are pretty sloping,” said Lahart. “I started at 10 and doubled that hole. But things got better after that.”
Lahart got help from Jacob Doliaw, whose 76 tied him for 6th place. Ryan Belz had an 79 while Carsten Bridges scored an 81.
Pablo Castro de Palatine was tied for 9th with a 77.