Golf: Stoffle Prepares to Take on the Field at NJCAA Championship [May 15, 2014]

Seven months after the last time he swung a golf club in a collegiate match, Prairie State College sophomore Kevin Stoffle (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) will now get the chance to compete for the NJCAA’s biggest prize: An individual national championship.

 Stoffle will take part in the NJCAA Championship, May 19-24 at Indiana National Golf Club in Swan Lake, Ind.

 Stoffle punched his ticket to the national tournament courtesy of an eighth-place finish at the NJCAA Region IV Championship, Oct. 12, 2013. Stoffle paced the Pioneers in every match during the 2013 season.

 An All-Region IV and Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference selection, Stoffle has more than earned the respect of PSC head coach Jeff Zurawicz.

 “Kevin’s maturation both on and off the course have led to his success,” Zurawicz said. “He has now become the player we thought he was capable of becoming as a freshman. He’s led our team both in matches and in practice.

 “His hard work is evident through his results on the course and he deserves all the success he has achieved. We’re very proud of how far he’s come.”


Besse's 77 Tows PSC To Second Win In Program History [August 28, 2013]

Northbrook, Ill. --- Long gone are the days of the Prairie State College golf team struggling to find its way into the upper echelon of Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference programs.

For the second time in program history, the Pioneers posted a Skyway match victory, using a fifth-player tie-breaker to outlast Lake County Wednesday at Mission Hills Golf Course in Northbrook.

“I think our guys are now starting to understand how to play successful tournament golf,” third-year PSC coach Jeff Zurawicz said. “We had a very consistent team outing today, with three guys in the 80’s, so that was great to see.”

Leading the charge for the Pioneers was sophomore Mac Besse (Grant Park H.S.).

Besse equaled his career-best with a score of 77 after firing off a 38 on the front nine and 39 on the back.

“Mac tied for third overall and really turned in an outstanding effort for us,” Zurawicz said. “He’s going to have a great year for us and he really means a lot to our program.”

Besse’s performance most certainly served as a rebound effort following a disappointing round of 95 in Monday’s season-opener at Water’s Edge Golf Course in Worth.

Besse wasn’t the only Pioneer to turn in a fine round Wednesday however.

Three PSC players carded identical rounds of 80 as sophomore Logan Lukasik (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), freshman Trevor Wheaton (Illiana Christian H.S.) and freshman Robert Russell (Crete-Monee H.S.) all achieved the feat.

Sophomore Kevin Stoffle (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) closed out the Pioneers’ attack with a round of 83.

PSC will now host its own Skyway match September 4 at Glenwoodie Golf Course in Glenwood (12:30 p.m.).