QUINCY -- Brock Penn's ascension to the top spot in the Quincy High School boys golf team's lineup has been paved by the seniors who came before him and their lessons in consistency.
"It passes on," Penn said. "They passed it on. Now you pass it on."
That's one of the biggest challenges facing Penn and Preston Armstrong, the lone seniors in the QHS program. They will be flanked by a bevy of underclassmen, some of whom played some varsity tournaments last fall but most who still must learn how to string solid scoring rounds together.
"You're a leader now," Penn said. "You have to come through with it. You have to show them the way."
It extends from course management to time management and everything in between.
"It's more about making sure you're consistent and playing good for the team," Penn said as the Blue Devils prepare to tee it up Thursday in the season-opening Western Big Six Conference Preview Meet at Mussatto Golf Course in Macomb. "It's focusing on making sure you're doing things correctly and preparing yourself for the postseason."
Developing into a regional threat is the Blue Devils' goal.
Last season, Quincy shared the WB6 championship -- it's league-best 26th crown -- as Penn and Armstrong, playing at Nos. 3 and 4 in the lineup, rallied with strong finishes to forge a tie with Rock Island Alleman. Penn shot an 82 in the Class 3A O'Fallon Regional to help the Blue Devils advance despite having higher scores behind him.
The goal now is to shoot consistently in the 70s.
Armstrong hopes to do the same thing.
"We have to play consistently good golf," Armstrong said. "You always want to do well, but you have to take care of your business. We're trying to help the younger golfers do that."
Those youngsters are following suit.
"They're really showing us how to handle yourself and stay consistent," sophomore Luke Mettemeyer said. "Basically, it's attitude."
Mettemeyer played as either the fifth or sixth golfer in the lineup last season, and although he's penciled into the top four this season, he'd like to make big strides.
"Being at the bottom of the list is not fun," Mettemeyer said. "Just trying to get better every day."
Living up to the Quincy legacy forces all the Blue Devils to do that.
"I think having Quincy on your bag, there's always pressure there," Mettemeyer said. "With some of the golfers we've had in the past and the teams we've had, there's definitely pressure to maintain that tradition."