Raiders sixth at showcase event
In a field more stacked than any state tournament will be, the Quincy Notre Dame boys golf team held its own. The Raiders also established themselves as one of the teams to beat in Class 2A.
QND finished sixth in the Illinois High School Showcase, a 16-team invitation-only event promoted by the Illinois Prep Tour and the Illinois Junior Golf Association. The Raiders posted a 313 at Oak Ridge Golf Course as only one team in the field broke 300. Hinsdale Central, the reigning Class 3A state champion, shot a 298.
The other four teams ahead of QND, three are in Class 3A and the other is Peoria Notre Dame, which is in Class 2A. PND shot a 307 to finish tied for fourth with Lockport. Wheaton Warrenville South was second (303) and Normal U-High was third (304).
QND junior Alex McCulla and senior David Hutson finished tied for third at even-par 72. Normal U-High's Brevin Knight earned medalist honors with a 3-under 69. QND's Luke Siebers shot an 84 and Jack Leffers posted an 85.
Blue Devils capture preview meet
The Western Big Six Conference will hold its annual boys and girls golf tournaments later this fall, but Thursday at Mussatto Golf Course on the Western Illinois University campus, the Quincy High School boys golf team got a glimpse of what it will be up against.
Another conference title to the record-setting collection isn't out of the question.
The Blue Devils won the WB6 Preview Meet, shooting a 334 for a 19-stroke victory. Geneseo was second at 353 and Moline third at 355.
Two sophomores led the charge for QHS as Luke Mettemeyer shot an 81 to finish third overall and Brady Walker was fourth at 82. Brock Penn posted an 84.
Titans win Weibring Invitational
The West Hancock boys golf team captured the first official prep event of the fall, shooting a 345 to win the D.A. Weibring Invitational on Thursday at Westview Golf Course. The Titans' Drake Hammel and Dan Pfeiferling shared medalist honors, each shooting 82.
The Quincy Notre Dame JV was second at 383 and the Quincy High School JV was third at 386, followed by Southeastern (404), Payson Seymour (415), Havana (423), Central (463) and Liberty (533).
Liberty's Blake Arnold shot an 87, while QHS's Luke Chevalier was at 88 and QND's Brennan Briddle at 89. Central's Conner Hughes posted a 90, with Payson's Lucas Loos at 91 and Southeastern's Bishop Roberts at 95.
Guthrie breaks par in opening round
A back-and-fourth round that ended with a bogey on the par-4 ninth hole left Quincy native Luke Guthrie with some work to do to contend for the championship at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship, the first of three events in the Korn Ferry Tour finals.
Guthrie posted a 1-under 70 and is tied for 31st after the first round at Ohio State University's Scarlet Course. Guthrie had five birdies and four bogeys, none of which came on any of the three par-5s.
Vikto Hovland and Cameron Percy share the lead at 7-under 64. Hovland and Percy's rounds both featured six birdies and an eagle.