CHAMPAIGN — Before the age of 25, Sam Wells’ golf resume included an accomplishment that often eludes competitors who’ve devoted a half-century to the game.
The 2007 St. Thomas More graduate had a hole-in-one.
CHAMPAIGN — Coming to a field or stadium sooner than expected: the revamped Big 12 Conference.
The expanding high school athletic league will have conference schedules in play in 20 of 21 sports when another school year starts in August.
CHAMPAIGN — Shortly after awakening from a nap on Dec. 11, Jacob Bushue began to scroll through his Twitter feed.
Why he’s Coach of the Year: Third-year head coach directed the Sabers to the area’s best finish at state, seventh in the Class 1A meet. The team had a top-10 placer, his son Christopher, who tied for sixth after opening the meet with the fourth-best 18-hole score ever recorded at state (68).
BISMARCK — It’s not often that a golfer enters the clubhouse, after putting out on No. 18, and announces, “I had one bad shot today.”
Such an occurrence is about as common as a baseball pitcher throwing a perfect game. In the World Series. In Game 7. At home.
BLOOMINGTON — Andy Bott would have preferred to tee off later Saturday with the first-day leaders, but that was before a wicked wind kicked up at Prairie Vista Golf Course.
BLOOMINGTON — His son is halfway to a state title. And his team is in contention for one, too.
There wasn’t a happier boys’ golf coach than St. Thomas More’s Mark Tate on Friday.
“It’s exciting. It’s also very nerve-racking to be a coach with your son out there, too,” Tate said. “But the team comes first. That’s the way it’s always been around here.”
State golf storylines, courtesy Fred Kroner
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