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Bowie, Sabers within striking distance at IHSA golf

Alan Dodds knew he didn't have to preach to his St. Thomas More girls' golfers about what to expect at this year's Class 1A state tournament.

Last year's fourth-place finish is all the evidence the first-year Sabers coach needed to understand his new team knew how to win at a high level. After all, five of six golfers from that state squad were back again for 2018.

Local coaches argue against new IHSA cut line rule

Sullivan coach Ben Richter composes an easy argument against the IHSA's new golf state tournament cut line, which debuts today at the five state tournaments across central Illinois.

Teeing it up


When: Friday-Saturday, at Weibring Golf Club, Normal

Local golfers: Champaign Central's Justin McCoy (9:54 a.m.); Prairie Central's Josh Kilcullen (10:12 a.m.).

What to know: McCoy has recent history at this event, earning a share of 28th place last season as a sophomore.


Sullivan Redskins' 'worst round' still good for victory

DANVILLE — The number read the same. Exactly the same.

Sullivan boys' golf compiled a 339 team total at Monday's Class 1A Schlarman Sectional. It also was their result in last season's sectional tournament.

In 2017, it meant the Redskins were 12 shots short of advancing to state.

In 2018, it meant they were champions.

Looking back at: 2008 St. Thomas More boys' golf

Throughout the school year, preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS will recall a local high school sports anniversary worth remembering. For this edition, he caught up with former St. Thomas More standout Ryan Murphy 10 years after he and the Sabers rebounded from a third-place state showing the season prior to capture the Class 1A team crown:

Justin McCoy returns to state

LINCOLN — It's not going to be the same for Justin McCoy.

He won't be attending state surrounded by his Champaign Central boys' golf cohorts.

Instead, the Maroons can watch their junior teammate from the gallery, as McCoy advanced through Monday's Class 2A Lincoln Sectional with a 2-over 73, good for a share of second place at Lincoln Elks Club.

Area golf leaders: Oct. 8, 2018


Name, School Rnds Ave.

C. Ellis, Sullivan 18 35.7

Pinter, Westville 16 36.4

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

L. Rogers, Bement 13 39.4

Vanwinkle, Rantoul/PBL 19 39.9

Staying the course: Prep golf sectional preview

Local high school golfers will attempt to qualify for their respective IHSA state tournaments today via sectional action. Here's a closer look at who to watch for before the top three teams and top 10 individuals not on an advancing team move ahead to state:

Stringer, McCoy near the top at Rantoul Regional

RANTOUL — Mike Osterbur doesn't want to see "superheroes" on his golf course.

The Champaign Central boys' golf coach has spent the past several weeks driving that message home with his golfers, preaching for them to avoid trying to do what they can't and instead focus on playing inside their capabilities.