By John Ring
Published August 18, 2022 in The Burg
The Galesburg Silver Streak boys golf program has slowly sneaked into the upper echelons of powerful sports teams in the GHS arsenal.
Coach Jim Noonan’s golf squad has not only emerged as one of the most competitive in the Western Big 6 Conference but the Streaks have sent a few players on to the Sectionals and even State competition in the last couple of seasons.
So when you talk about favored golf teams to win the Big 6—which is competitive in virtually every single sport played at the high school level—you need to mention Noonan and his Silver Streaks. They have earned that over the last few years as the Silver Streaks have battled for the Big 6 Title.
Heading the powerful roster are Jason Runbom, Carson Hopping and John Crowl. Runbom and Hopping are seniors while Crowl is a junior but all three have been to the Sectionals and beyond. Building a program around these three golfers is a luxury; they’re that good.
“There’s a lot of excitement around the program as we head into the season,” said Coach Noonan. “Once again, we’ve got great numbers.”
The roster includes 19 golfers, including seven seniors and seven juniors.
2022 Silver Streak Boys Golf Roster
Luke Foster Senior
Carson Hopping Senior
Keegan Lawton Senior
Brandin Lewis Senior
Jason Runbom Senior
Ben Smith-Raley Senior
Braedyn Bowling Junior
Travis Cole Junior
John Crowl Junior
Preston Frvmire Junior
Jaxon Lindgren Junior
Eli Snow Junior
Braden Wallace Junior
Rowan Dillon Sophomore
Hayden Musser Sophomore
Jackson Crock Freshman
Alex Ritchie Freshman
James Crock-Keefer Freshman
“With those three returning (Runbom, Hopping and Crowl) who have competed at Sectionals and beyond, we’ve got a terrific mix of proven experience along with some other really good athletes who are a bit newer to the game of golf,” said Noonan.
19 on the roster is in itself, quite a feat. Noonan will have the ability to match his golfers up, take advantage of a huge senior and junior class and take his time with the five sophomores and freshmen that round out the roster.
This is a team to keep an eye on, specifically with Runbom coming off a year at State and having another season to improve his already solid game.
“I’m very excited to see what all this group can accomplish over the next two months,” said Coach Noonan.