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From men's golf to softball, it's not just the men's basketball team that's generating success on the University of Illinois campus right now

Most public courses in East Central Illinois reported similar gaudy increases, a reversal of a recent trend that had resulted in the closure of golf shops and golf courses like Railside in Gibson City, Blue Needles near Fairmount and Scovill in Decatur.

Happy 31st birthday to former Illini golf star Luke Guthrie. The two-time state champion from Quincy High School is one of only 15 men in Big Ten history to win multiple individual conference titles. Besides Guthrie, three other Illini players — Richard Martin, Steve Stricker and Nick Hardy …

On the last day of a forgettable year, particularly from a sports perspective, The News-Gazette sports staff offers up 10 noteworthy stories on the local scene from 2020

The par-4 ninth hole at Danville Country Club was playing 248 yards from the forward tee. With the wind blowing at him, Darrin Fletcher pulled out the driver and cut loose.

At the annual high school golf tournament in her son’s name, Janet Wells brings a posterboard and a message. That way participants “know who (Sam) was and what he looked like,” she said.

Top moments? Top performances? There were plenty of them. Beat writer Scott Richey highlights the best and brightest teams, coaches and athletes from the past 12 months on the Illinois athletics scene — and also looks ahead to what is sure to be an unprecedented year due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Illinois athletics beat writer Scott Richey weighs in with his marks for all 19 Illini teams during the 2019-20 season