CATLIN – Salt Fork's boys' golf team was riding high for much of this season.
Playing four freshmen, one sophomore and one senior, the Storm was undefeated during the dual- and triangular-meet portion of its season.
QUINCY – Centennial's Joe Smith is going to get one more chance to capture that elusive state golf title.
Smith finished 1 shot off the lead, carding a 1-under-par 70 to tie for second at the Quincy Notre Dame Class 2A Golf Sectional at Westview Golf Course. Normal University High's Eric Meier won medalist honors with a 69.
TUSCOLA – As Arcola/Arthur's Derrick Herschberger and St. Thomas More's Ryan Murphy waited to tee off on the first playoff hole of Saturday's Class 1A Tuscola Sectional, they engaged in some lighthearted conversation.
Both players had posted tourney-best 72s on Tuscola's breezy Ironhorse Golf Club, and both seemed a little surprised to be standing in the tee box at all.
CHAMPAIGN – When Centennial senior Joe Smith played in the state golf tournament as a sophomore, he was struck by the obvious nerves displayed by his playing partner.
The duo was in contention for the state championship, and Smith was having the time of his life. The playing partner, a senior, wasn't.
DANVILLE – For Ryan Murphy, the nerves that used to come with playing in front of a big gallery have pretty much disappeared. That will happen when you spend your summers playing in big-time tournaments against some of the country's best players where the number of spectators could rival that of some low-end professional tournaments.
At Tuesday's Class A regional tournament at Harrison Park, the spectators were out and Murphy was his customary cool. He shot a 1-over-par 72 (36-36) that was the day's best round for the Sabers, who won the team championship by 5 strokes over Monticello. Murphy's performance was only bested by Monticello's Corbin Sebens, who carded a 71.
GIBSON CITY – Michael Peters' evolution as a golfer was on display when he played a round with his Champaign Central coach, Art Mayeda, two weeks ago.
Playing No. 9 at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin, Mayeda's drive on a straightforward par 4 came to rest about 100 yards from the green. Peters, Mayeda said, was 20 yards out.
MONTICELLO – Cameron Magsamen and Corbin Sebens have been best friends since about the third grade.
If one is doing something, chances are the other is doing the same thing. That closeness has translated to the golf course this season, where the Monticello seniors have almost mirrored one another.
URBANA – Ryan Murphy tied for medalist honors at Stone Creek Golf Club with a 1-under 35 and St. Thomas More topped Monticello by 13 strokes in a nonconference boys' golf match Monday.
Willy Wilner fired a 35 for Judah Christian, and Corbin Sebens shot 38 for the Sages.