Prep golf storylines to watch: Plethora of area talent has graduated

Prep golf storylines to watch: Plethora of area talent has graduated

Preps coordinator Colin Likas offers up four storylines to watch in 2018:


Three area boys' programs advanced to their respective state tournaments last season, and there was plenty of senior experience on those rosters. In fact, Champaign Central, Monticello and Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin combine to return just five athletes from their 18 total state scorers. Luckily for the Maroons, at least, 2017 All-Area boys' Player of the Year Justin McCoy is among that crop.


Meanwhile, 2017's lone area girls' state-qualifying team — St. Thomas More — is returning many of its key parts. Reigning N-G girls' Player of the Year Alaina Bowie and five other scorers on Class 1A's fourth-place club will try to keep the Sabers relevant on the links.


Sullivan captured a Class 1A regional crown last year without the courtesy of a scoring senior. Caden Ellis should pace the Redskins again this year. Uni High's Duane Nelson carded medalist honors in 1A regional action last season as well.


Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley used an all-junior lineup to notch third in a Class 1A regional last campaign, with Shannon Spangler leading the charge. Mackenzie McCoy of Champaign Central is the lone returning Class 2A individual state qualifier.