TUSCOLA — It’s been less than a week since Andy Bott shot a 10-under-par 61 to win the Vermilion Valley Conference golf title. If he keeps up this pace, the Bismarck-Henning senior will need to make some more space in his trophy case.
On Tuesday, the reigning News-Gazette Golfer of the Year won the Class 1A Tuscola Regional with a 2-over 74 at Ironhorse.
His showing helped the Blue Devils to a second-place finish, 8 strokes behind champion St. Thomas More, and a spot in Monday’s sectional meet.
The Sabers also advanced thanks to a finish that saw three golfers shoot under 80 — Christopher Tate and Tyler Vodacek tied for second at 78, and Jesse Dankle was a shot back at 79.
Third-place Tuscola, which was led by 10th-place finishes from Gunnar Campbell and Jarrett Wallace, both of whom shot 85, also moved on.
Advancing as individuals were Oakwood’s Brandon Rowe (83), Chrisman’s Austin Merritt (84), St. Joseph-Ogden’s Garrett Grimsley (86), Shiloh’s Hayden Kile (85), Judah Christian’s Brendan Black (87) and Tyler Erhard (88), Hoopeston Area’s Tristyn Trosper (89) and Westville’s Adam High (94).
At Streator. Devyn Roesch brought home medalist honors with an 81 and led GCMS to a tie for the top spot.
Iroquois West, led by Clark Fink’s 87, finished in third place, 2 strokes behind Dwight and GCMS.
Watseka’s Burl Gillespie (91) and Nathan Schroeder (96), and Cissna Park’s Shane Irby (94) and Milford’s Alex Portwood (102) also moved on.
At El Paso. Mason Potts had an 87 and Cory Jayne an 88 to lead Blue Ridge to a third-place finish — by 1 stroke — at El Paso Golf Course.
LeRoy’s Justin Morgan shot a 92 to advance as an individual.
At Toledo. Sam Mulligan’s 91 was good for the Sullivan sophomore to make next week’s sectional meet.
In Class 2A
At Mahomet. Centennial’s Christian Khachaturian shot a 2-under 70 to win medalist honors at Lake of the Woods Golf Course. Mike Braverman (78) tied for seventh to help the Chargers to the regional title by 4 strokes.
Mitchell Hockman tied for third with a 76 as Mahomet-Seymour tied for second to advance as a team.
Champaign Central’s Riley Thompson (81) and Ben Carnahan (83) advanced as individuals. Also moving on were Rantoul’s Cody Bauman (81) and Urbana’s J.T. Donahue (81).
At Bloomington. Alex Duffy shot an 81 and Clay Mallory had an 82, and the Prairie Central teammates advanced to Monday’s sectionals at Prairie Vista Golf Course.
In Class 3A
At Normal. Danville finished in ninth place.