It’s going to be a busy day Saturday at Lick Creek.
Eighteen teams are headed to the golf course for the 16th annual Lady Dragon Classic tournament. Among the group is defending champion O’Fallon.
Edwardsville has joined the party this year, replacing Oak Park Fenwick.
The Mid-Illini Conference will be well represented with Pekin, Dunlap, East Peoria, Limestone, Morton and Washington, six of the conference’s eight teams.
Rounding out the tournament field are Bloomington Central Catholic, Chatham Glenwood, Eureka, Normal Community, Normal West, Normal U. High, Park Ridge Maine South, Peoria Notre Dame, Springfield and Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin.
Galesburg (172) and Morton (178) beat Pekin (212) Thursday at Pine Lakes, which Dragons coach Chris Neville called the easiest course on the Dragons’ schedule.
“We’re still not putting well,” Neville said, even on Pine Lakes’ easy greens, “but it was good to see everyone score lower than their average.”
Madison Raines (51), Summer Dick (52), Hannah McDonald (54) and Jaden Rogers (55) scored for Pekin. Sarah Buttler shot 57 and Kaytlin Elliott withdrew.
Katy Troyer (38), Peyton Brown (46), Allison Smith (46), Olivia Remmert (48) and Maddy Becker (48) scored for Morton. Kayla Scheck had 54.
Neville praised the Potters.
“Morton may be the most improved team in the area as the season has progressed,” he said.
Galesburg’s Madilyn Sanders shot 38.
Strange win: A win is a win. Even when it happens under unusual circumstances.
Tremont beat Eureka 170-193 Wednesday in boys golf at Sunset Hills in Pekin. Now, for the rest of the story.
“It was an odd day,” said Tremont coach Troy Schmidt. “We were double-booked with an outing, so we had to play the 12th through 18th holes, then No. 1 and No. 2 to get our match in. Plus, there was lots of traffic on the course.”
“Our bottom four golfers scored for us to get the win,” Schmidt said. “Colton Polhemus, playing out of the No. 3 spot, was the medalist.”
Polhemus shot 41, which was 7-over for the nine holes that were played.
Also scoring for Tremont (15-2) were Nolan Leiva (42), Torrin Lawson (43) and Joel Wockley (44). No. 1 Tim Rice (46) and No. 2 Alec Gilmer (47) had off-days.
Tigers gaining confidence: Illini Bluffs is hosting a boys golf regional tournament at Coyote Creek, its home course.
That’s why Tigers coach Shane Thompson was particularly happy with a 181-208 win Thursday over Midwest Central at Coyote Creek.
“We played better than we have on our home course,” he said. “Hopefully, this gives us confidence going into the post-season in two weeks. I think we can go even lower, but this is a step forward.”
Medalist Braden Bruninga (44), Jack Borland (45), Tanner McClintock (45) and Carson Teel (47) scored Thursday for the Tigers.
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