Chart toppers: Boys' golfers to watch
Peter Black, Centennial
The senior burst onto the scene last year for the Chargers, winning medalist honors at regionals and finishing sixth in the state in Class 2A. His 37.1 scoring average is near the top of the area leaderboard (ranking second), and he's got a handful of wins this season, including medalist honors in the Champaign County Invitational. During the summer, Black won the junior division of the Twin City Championship for the second straight year.
Garrett Cox, Mahomet-Seymour
The senior was a key member of a Bulldogs contingent last year that won sectional and state championships in Class 2A. Cox finished 19th individually and will look to qualify for state for the third straight season. He leads the area with a 36.9 scoring average and finished third at the Mattoon Invitational and Raider/Redbird Invitational earlier this season to go with three wins. When Centennial beat M-S in a recent dual meet, Cox and Black shared medalist honors with 37s.
Andy Bott, Bismarck-Henning
The sophomore, who is looking for his first state tournament berth, has a bright future. He shot a 33 earlier this season at Danville's Harrison Park to tie a school record and has claimed medalist honors four times. The junior champion at last summer's Danville City and Area tournament has an impressive 38.0 scoring average, which ranks third overall and the best among Class 1A athletes. He has cut more than 2 1/2 strokes off his 2010 average, which was 40.7.
Brock Peavler, Rantoul/PBL
The junior, whose 38.4 scoring average is the fourth best in the area, also is hoping to reach state for the first time. Peavler finished fourth at the Urbana Tiger Invitational and tied for second at the Champaign County Invitational to go with his two wins. Peavler was also among the top area individuals last fall, with a 39.7 scoring average.
Nick Berger, Judah Christian
Don't be surprised to see the junior make his first appearance at state this fall. He's averaging 38.4 per nine holes and has a handful of wins. He's the leader of a youthful, seven-member squad where all of the players are underclassmen, and he has shown dramatic improvement. Last fall, Berger's final nine-hole average was 41.2.