Even though Stagg’s boys’ golf team finished at the bottom of last Tuesday’s six-school SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue meet at Coyote Run in Homewood, Chargers coach David Podkul is not the least bit discouraged as his team prepares for this weekend’s regional at Brother Rice.
One big reason is the continuing emergence of senior Trace Moustakas as a viable candidate to qualify for the state meet, based on his average scores. At Coyote Run, Moustakas shot a season-best 18-hole score of 79 to finish in the top 10 individually.
With Moustakas averaging between 37 and 39 in nine-hole matches, Podkul is excited about his prospects, as well as those of Brendan Kiblehan — who shot an 86 on Tuesday — Dean Abate and sophomore Robert Stark.
“Our four best golfers have been steady for us all season,” Podkul said. “I’ve coached Trace since he was a freshman, and I really think he can be a state qualifier for us. He’s been our captain and anchor, and he also plays baseball. He’s a hybrid athlete.