2016 Boys & Girls Golf

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The 2016 IHSA Girls & Boys Golf State Finals will unfold on Friday and Saturday, October 16-17, in Decatur and Bloomington-Normal respectively, with each competitor playing 18 holes each day.

The Boys Golf State Finals mark the 100th year of the tournament, marking the fourth IHSA sport to celebrate its centennial. Click here for a series of special stories commemorating 100 years of IHSA Boys Golf.

1A Sectional Team Champions: Putnam County (308); Peoria Christian (320); Hamilton County (327); Monticello (331)
1A Sectional Individual Champions: Marcus Smith, Winnebago (71); Alex Bishop, Litchfield (73); Clayton Miller, Arcola (73); Eli Reevis, Williamsville (74)

Defending state champ Byron has to be considered a heavy favorite to repeat with the return of a pair of Top 5 players from a year ago in seniors Connor Hurd (T4th, 152 in 2015) and Trent Snodgrass (5th, 155). Meanwhile, Hamilton County (8th) and El Paso-Gridley (9th) each return their top two scorers from a year ago after Top 10 team finishes. El Paso-Gridley is led by junior Kevin Greene (81 in 2016 Sectional) and senior Brody Duncan (81), while Hamilton County had three players shoot 82 or better en route to a Sectional title, including sophomore Austyn Downen (75). After a Top 10 team finish a year ago, Bismarck-Henning returns its entire state final roster from last season. The Blue Devils rely on the junior combo of Hunter Keith (83) and Skyler Mitchell (83). Putnam County, Peoria Christian and Monticello didn’t make the field last year, but enter with the momentum of team Sectional crowns this season. Uni High School (Urbana) senior Varun Chopra (74), an individual qualifier, is the top individual returnee in the field after tying for second last year with a 150. Sophomore Duane Nelson topped his teammate Chopra in Sectional action by a stroke after medaling last season (18th, 163). Riverdale junior Tyler Bussert is in a similar situation after placing in the Top 10 (9th, 159) in 2015, as sophomore teammate Anthony Ruthey matched him in Sectional play this year with a 75. IC Catholic’s Trey Morris (78) and Aurora Christian’s Devin Johnson (75) tied for 15th last year (162) and enter their final high school tournaments on the heels of strong Sectional scores. Litchfield junior Alex Bishop was the only player in the class to earn medalist honors at both the Regional and Sectional tournaments.

2A Sectional Team Champions: Carmel (303); Morton (308); Alton Marquette (310); Lemont (323)
2A Sectional Individual Champions: Tyler Anderson, Carmel (68); Tommy Kuhl, Morton (70); Raymond Sullivan, Lemont (71); Michael Holtz, Alton Marquette (72)

Morton won its second consecutive state title a year ago, but graduated top player Pete Kuhl. However, Kuhl’s younger brother, junior Tommy (70), could be an even better player, and is joined in a dynamic junior class by Isaac Ingold and Bobby Strode. All three placed 37th or better in the last year’s state meet. With its top two players back in senior Justin Park (11th, 151 in 2015) and junior Brian Favia (31st, 159), Vernon Hills has its eyes on a trophy after placing fourth in 2015. UHIGH (Normal) was 10th last season and returns five players who played in last year’s state meet. Senior Dylan Panizo (T41st, 164) is the top returnee, while junior Dallas Koth shot 72 in the Sectional round. Lemont, 12th in 2015, looks to move into the Top 10 with the return of junior Raymond Sullivan, who tied for 12th last year with a 152. Equally dangerous and experienced is Alton Marquette, who returns four of its top five and saw senior Michael Holtz set the tone in Sectionals (72) for a group that had four players shoot 83 or under. Carmel senior Tyler Anderson and Lemont junior Raymond Sullivan each won medalist honors in both the Regional and Sectional tournaments to help guide their teams to state. Peoria Notre Dame individual qualifier Miguel Montelongo is the top returnee in the class after shooting a 149 last year as a junior to place sixth. St Francis’ Luke Armbrust (T18th, 154) and Centralia’ s Caleb Ursham (23rd, 156) both had strong showings in 2015 and will look to jump into the Top 10 as juniors.

3A Sectional Team Champions: Hinsdale Central (296); Glenbrook South (298); Providence Catholic (304); Mundelein (306)
3A Sectional Individual Champions: Charlie Nikitas, Glenbrook South (69); Brendan O'Reilly, Hinsdale Central (69); Rob Wuethrich, Normal Community (71); Ryan Magee, Mundelein (73)

Hinsdale Central’s unprecedented run continues with its top two scorers from a year returning for their senior seasons in Brendan O’Reilly (T7th, 154) and Matt Wingren (T13th, 156). O’Reilly shot 69 to win Sectional medalist honors, and will try to win an individual state title while trying to help the Red Devils to their fifth straight team state championship. 2015 team runner-up New Trier lost some talent to graduation, but senior Justin Choi (T9th, 155 in 2015) is back to try and lead the Trevians to a fourth straight trophy finish. Barrington has four players back from last year’s fifth-place squad, including Top 10 individual finisher Tim Lim (T7th, 154). After placing fourth a year ago, Edwardsville has another squad that will make a run at a trophy led by junior Ben Tyrell (T13th, 156). Geneva (12th in 2015) welcomes back four regulars who all shot 77 or better at Sectionals, while Providence, ninth last season, has one of the state’s best players in senior Ricky Costello (4th, 152). Glenbrook South won a Sectional title behind medalist contender Charlie Nikitas (69), while Ryan Magee (73) paced Mundelein to its Sectional crown. Loyola could be a darkhorse to watch in the team standings. Junior John Kryscio had a Top 20 performance (T19th, 157) last year, but is flanked in 2016 by four teammates who shot 78 or better in Sectional play this week. Prairie Ridge senior Ethan Farnam (2nd, 147) was three shots off winning an individual state crown last year and has qualified as an individual again. Dekalb’s Austin Freeman and Neuqua Valley’s Thomas Huang tied for 13th last season with scores of 156, and will look to break into the Top 10 as seniors.

1A Sectional Team Champions: Nashville (332); Charleston (335); Boylan Catholic (349); Woodstock Marian Central (378)
1A Sectional Individual Champions: Lauren Chappell, Charleston (71); Maddie Hurt, IC Catholic (75); Jessica Slattery, Boylan Catholic (75)

The spotlight will begin on Charleston and historic senior Lauren Chappell when the 2016 state tournament begins. Chappell won individual medalist honors as a freshman and sophomore, before tying for fourth last year with a two-day total score of 155. Chappell can become the first three-time individual champion in state history, while her team put up the second-best Sectional score in the state after placing third last year. Massac County was the team runner-up a year ago and returns super sophomore Millie Lawson (19th, 172), but 2013 state champ Nashville bested Massac County in Sectional play, as junior Hope Rueter (77 in Sectionals) and company posted the best Sectional score in the class (332). Bloomington Central Catholic also looms, as the Saints placed sixth a year ago and return senior Brooke Flannelly, a top 30 state final finisher in 2015. Boylan Catholic won a Sectional crown behind the play of senior Sectional medalist Jessica Slattery (75), while Sophia Archos (89) led Marian Central Catholic rounded out the Sectional team champs. Rockford Lutheran features the one-two punch of Caitlin Schopfer (83 in Sectionals) and Top 10 2015 finisher Natalie Hooper (T10th, 165) in its quest for a trophy, while Metamora could be darkhorse with senior Mamie Ambrosch (80) leading the way. IC Catholic senior Maddie Hurt shot a 152 and then won a playoff a year ago to win individual medalist honors. She is back to defend her crown, and will be challenged by another Top 5 returnee in Richmond-Burton senior Mackenzie Hahn (4th, 155), as well as Williamsville junior Margaux Thuillez (74). Pontiac’s Ali Schrock was impressive in posting a Top 20 finish (T14th, 167) a year ago as a freshman, while St. Thomas More’s Alaina Bowie (79) could be another freshman to watch in 2015.

Sectional Team Champions: New Trier (304); Hinsdale Central (305); St. Charles North (312); Galesburg (334)
Sectional Individual Champions: Lauren Beaudreau, Benet Academy (67); Penelope Tir, New Trier (71); Amy Kucera, Fenwick (73)
The Class 2A field is defined by a bevy of experience, as four of the Top 5 teams from a year ago are not only back, but combine to return 19 of the 24 players who helped them contend for state titles in 2015. The list starts with two-time defending state champ Hinsdale Central, who welcomes back a trio of Top 10 players, including seniors Jessica Lee (T2nd, 145 in 2015) and Selina Zeng (6th, 153). Wheaton Warrenville South boasts similar depth, as five Tigers who placed in the Top 40 are back, including junior Sarah Hauenstein (T16th, 158). Top 5 finishers St. Charles North (4th) and New Trier (5th) all go five deep with returnees as well, while their top scorers at last year’s meet were freshmen in St. Charles North’s Megan Furtney (5th, 147) and New Trier’s Penelope Tir (T6th, 153), respectively. Galesburg could make a move up the leaderboard, as the Silver Streaks placed eighth last season and have a Top 10 player in the fold in senior Taylor Nesselroad (T9th, 154 in 2015) and a Sectional champ in Kirsten Osborn (78). Sophomore Lauren Beaudreau, fourth at state last year (146), tallied the top Sectional score in the state (67) this week to lead Benet’s team to the finals, while a pair of individual qualifiers from Fenwick (Amy Kucera, 73) and Freeport (Maxine Nesemeier, 78) rounded out the Sectional medalists. Individual qualifiers to watch on the leaderboard this weekend include Buffalo Grove junior Haeri Lee (12th, 155), Grant junior KiLynn Gold (T16th, 158), Sandburg senior Emilyee McGiles (73) and Crystal Lake Central freshman Molly Lyne (73).


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Girls Golf
Class A-Red Tail Run Golf Course (Decatur)
Par 72  (36-36)
Red Tees
5,394 yards

Class AA-Hickory Point Golf Club (Decatur)
Par 72  (36-36)
Red Tees
5,799 yards
Boys Golf
Class 1A-Prairie Vista Golf Club (Bloomington)
Par 72  (36-36)
Blue Tees
6,407 yards

Class 2A-Illinois State University's Weibring Golf Club (Normal)
Par 71 (36-35)
White Tees
6,447 yards

Class 3A-The Den At Fox Creek Golf Course (Bloomington)
Par 72  (36-36)
Blue Tees
6,422 yards

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