Boys Golf

Boys Golf

Prep pulse: Dec. 10, 2018

It can be challenging to keep track of local high-schoolers once they leave the prep realm.

But it's always nice when we can provide a positive update on the exploits of a former area athlete.

Ex-Champaign Central athletic director John Woods helped us out with that. His son Payton, another former Maroon, is a junior with the Michigan State men's swimming and diving program.

Complete 2018 All-Area boys' golf teams

ALL-AREA FIRST TEAM
ATHLETE    YR.    SCHOOL

Connor Birky    Sr.    GCMS
Caden Ellis    Sr.    Sullivan
Josh Kilcullen    Sr.    Prairie Central
Justin McCoy    Jr.    Champaign Central

Boys' golf statistical leaders: 2018 season final

Name, School Rnds Ave.

C. Ellis, Sullivan 18 35.7

Pinter, Westville 20 37.0

Richardson, Tri-County 17 37.7

McCoy, Central 28 37.8

Nelson, University High 22 37.8

Birky, GCMS 16 37.9

Kilcullen, Prairie Central 12 38.6

Z. Rogers, Bement 17 39.3

Vanwinkle, Rantoul/PBL 19 39.9

Burcham, Sullivan 18 40.1

Sullivan's Richter is boys' golf Coach of the Year

Boys' Golf Coach of the Year:

Sullivan's

Ben Richter

Central's Justin McCoy has always been surrounded by a family fond of golf

CHAMPAIGN — There are plenty of ways to discover your child has a certain talent.

Yet it's still unique how Shawn McCoy came to realize her young son, Justin, might have a future in golf.

When Justin, now a Champaign Central junior, was about 4 or 5 years old, he would take cuts back and forth across next-door neighbors' lawns.

Get to know the 15th all-area boys’ golf first team

Connor Birky, Sr., Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley

Signing Day 2018-19: Locals heading to college

Photos from local high school athletes during the 2018-19 school year signing with their various colleges to continue athletic careers. Submit your photo at clikas@news-gazette.com.

Area golf leaders: Oct. 15, 2018

BOYS

Name, School Rnds Ave.

C. Ellis, Sullivan 18 35.7

Pinter, Westville 18 36.6

Richardson, Tri-County 17 37.7

McCoy, Central 28 37.8

Nelson, University High 22 37.8

Birky, GCMS 16 37.9

Kilcullen, Prairie Central 12 38.6

Z. Rogers, Bement 17 39.3

Vanwinkle, Rantoul/PBL 19 39.9

Prep pulse: Oct. 15, 2018

A pair of unusual scenes unfolded at three different golf courses Friday afternoon.

STM girls' golf finishes fourth again; Ellis takes third

DECATUR — A disappointing first day could have derailed Alaina Bowie's run in the state tournament.

One birdie was as good as it got for the St. Thomas More junior in a frigid opening round at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur, one year removed from finishing third as an individual.

It might have stayed disappointing, too, had Bowie been playing for herself.

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