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Boys golf: Wonnacott stayed steady during Raptors’ title run

Silver Creek's Dylan Wonnacott helped lead the Raptors to the Class 4A state title in boys golf this fall.
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Silver Creek’s Dylan Wonnacott helped lead the Raptors to the Class 4A state title in boys golf this fall.

Still, more than a month later, Silver Creek junior Dylan Wonnacott remains stunned.

The passage of time hasn’t helped him digest that he and his Raptors teammates will go down in school history as the group that brought the first boys golf team state championship to the trophy case.

The title was an exclamation mark on the end of a standout season for Wonnacott.

“It still amazes me to think about it. It doesn’t seem real,” he said. “It’s such a good feeling that I can’t really process it. It still doesn’t feel like it actually happened. It feels like a blur.”

Wonnacott finished one stroke behind teammate Jack Adolfson for third place at the Class 4A state tournament in early October to help push the Raptors past powerhouse Valor Christian. Additionally, Wonnacott shaved a few strokes off his 18-hole average this season and posted the second-best mark (71.4) among all competitors in the Northern Conference.

All of that combined made him the All-region Player of the Year.

“He consistently put good rounds together time in and time out,” said Silver Creek’s Mike Maydew, the coach of the year. “He didn’t have a bad round the whole year.”

And he hasn’t taken any shortcuts to get where he is.

Wonnacott first started swinging one of his father’s sawed-off clubs at the age of 2 and entered his first competitive tournaments by 9. He finished in the middle of the pack at state as a freshman and jumped several spots as a sophomore before making a mark this season.

Despite an all-around game that is equally impressive off the tee and on and around the green, Wonnacott shrugged off any personal praise and instead focused on his coach and teammates.

“We couldn’t have done this without my coach. He helped us with everything, from my game to the mental aspect,” he said. “And three of the four of us who played at state will be back to try to do it again.”

Ryan Burke graduates this year, but Wonnacott, Adolfson and Andrew Rademacher-Howe will return to make the Raptors the favorites to repeat.

Wonnacott isn’t looking past next season, but he does have plans to continue playing golf after high school. He is looking at a handful of colleges and has made some unofficial campus visits, but he is not ready to get ahead of himself.

“I’m taking it one step at a time,” he said. “My only goal really is to be the best player that I can.”

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