URBANA — A year ago, Centennial golf was not lacking in star power with four-time state participant Joe Smith leading the Chargers. Team success, however, was harder to come by.
Don’t tell that to the 2008 Chargers, who used depth and two standouts to earn second place at the Big 12 Conference boys’ meet Monday at Urbana Country Club. Centennial finished 3 shots behind champion Bloomington.
Robb Cozad and Billy Regan each fired 73s to take second and third place, respectively, for the Chargers. Cozad was awarded second place in a scorecard playoff. The tandem may have stood out as individuals, but they credit their teammates for the team’s success.
“We have more depth this year. We have a couple guys who can go low,” Regan said.
Mark Roughton (tied for 17th), Peter Black (tied for 21st) and Morgan Brubaker (tied for 24th) proved valuable for the Chargers by all cracking the Top 25, but the real stars were Cozad and Regan.
“I played solid with four birdies. That will keep you in it most days,” Cozad said.
Regan took a different approach to the day. “I made some putts and was hitting a lot of greens.”
Both players finished 1 stroke behind Big 12 champion Alex Burge of Bloomington.
Even though neither of the Centennial upperclassmen were able to earn the ultimate hardware at the conference meet, each has lofty goals for postseason play.
“We have to get out of regionals first, but the ultimate goal is to make it to state as a team. We have to take it step by step. Individually, I hope to go to sectionals and then state,” Cozad said.
Regan, a senior, also feels big things on the horizon for himself and the Chargers.
“I think we can make it out as a team,” he said. “My goal is to make it to state. It would be awesome to go as a team, but that will be tough.”
Urbana placed fifth in the 10-team event. Champaign Central’s Nate Sokolski finished in a tie for 12th with an 82 to help the Maroons finish sixth. Danville was eighth.
In girls’ meet:
At Urbana. Jenna Dombroski carded a 72 to earn the Big 12 Conference title and lead Centennial to a 46-shot victory in the six-team meet at Urbana Country Club.
Lizzy Dombroski was second for the Chargers with an 81 and teammate Krista Vedvik was fourth with an 87.
Michelle Lee (21st), Audrey Ito (tied for 24th) and Madison White (tied for 29th) also contributed for the Chargers.
Carissa Hoyne finished in a tie for fifth to lead second-place Champaign Central.
Jane Choo added a 98 to earn 13th for the Maroons, who finished with a team score of 394.