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Offseason work has Westmont's Alexander aiming for state tourney berth

A 2012 sectional qualifier, Devin Alexander has been working hard in order to take the next step

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 4:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:48 a.m. CDT
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(Matthew Piechalak)
Westmont's Devin Alexander works on his putting Thursday during a practice session at Fresh Meadow Golf Club in Hillside. Matthew Piechalak – mpiechalak@shawmedia.com

WESTMONT – Devin Alexander was a sectional tournament qualifier last fall for Westmont’s boys golf team.

He’s not resting on those laurels.

Entering his senior season at Westmont, Alexander has been keeping his game sharp and has made improvements in nearly every area.

“I’ve improved driving, and my approach shots are better and more centered on the hole,” he said. “Putting, I’m a little less antsy. I’ve probably dropped four, five, six putts a round, so it’s been going pretty good.”

Alexander said he’s played six rounds of golf this summer at various courses (Willow Crest Golf Club and Cog Hill among them), and also has gone to the practice center at Fresh Meadow once or twice a week to work on his swing. He hopes that work will help him advance past the sectional tournament and into the state tournament this fall. At least he has a frame of reference for what it will take to make it to state.

“You can’t put off practice at all,” he said. “You have to get at it and you can’t take any breaks at all because the competition is really tough.”

Though Alexander made it to the sectional tournament last fall, becoming the first male golfer at Westmont to make it that far since Jake Lechelt and Dan Lubeck in 2009, the Sentinels came up short of making it that far as a team. As a senior leader this season, Alexander will do what he can to help his teammates advance in the postseason.

“I think I’ll just tell them that some days are better than others, but you can’t let it get to you,” he said. “You just have to wait it out and you can’t keep your head down.”

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