Minooka, Morris lead way in All-Area golf selections
Southwest Prairie Conference champion Minooka was the dominant boys golf team in the area this season, as evidenced by its players having the four lowest local averages.
Every area team had at least representative it in the sectional round of the postseason, and every area team has at least one representative it on the 2013 Morris Daily Herald All-Area Boys Golf Team.
The now three-time Morris Daily Herald Golfer of the Year averaged a 77 per 18 holes this season, giving him two straight years under 78 and a fourth straight year below 80. He was All-Conference in the Southwest Prairie and qualified for the Class 3A Pekin Sectional.
“He is no doubt one of the best players in the area,” Minooka coach Brian Petrovic said.
An All-Conference selection in the Southwest Prairie, Sheppard averaged just above 79 shots per 18 holes. He won the Ottawa Invitational, qualified for the Class 3A Pekin Sectional and, according to Petrovic, “had multiple top-10 finishes in big events.”
“Kyle was our most consistent player this year,” Petrovic said.
In his high school debut, Anfield made the Class 3A Pekin Sectional and had an All-Conference season. His average was a shade over 79 per 18 holes.
“He is so good and so young,” Petrovic said. “He will be competing for the best golfer in the area for the next three years.”
Morris counted Larsen’s score every time it played this season. He averaged 41 strokes per nine holes and was below 40 during nine-hole matches five times.
Among the All-Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference selection’s highlights were a fifth-place 76 at the Minooka Invitational, a sixth-place 80 at the LaSalle-Peru Invitational and a 36 during a match at Cinder Ridge in Wilmington.
Hudson advanced to the Class 3A Pekin Sectional, making him a two-time sectional qualifier. He was All-Conference and had an 80 average.
“Kent has had a great career already at Minooka,” Petrovic said. “He’s played on the varsity since he was a freshman.”
Lines was under 40 in six nine-hole matches this season as his score counted every time out for the Redskins. He had a 41 average, was 11th in the Northern Illinois Big 12 individual standings and fired a fourth-place 78 at the LaSalle-Peru Invitational.
Rohder finished second in conference points in the Interstate Eight and placed fifth with an 86 at the Class 1A Putnam County Regional. His season included a 43 average per nine holes, four birdies, a low round of 38 at Edgebrook and a fifth-place 78 at the Sandwich Invitational.
Averaging 43 strokes per nine holes, McPherson placed 13th in the Northern Illinois Big 12 individual standings. He led the Redskins with an 85 at the Lemont Invitational and was below 40 over nine holes twice. During 18-hole rounds, McPherson averaged an 87, which was second-lowest on the team.
Junior, Coal City
An All-Conference selection in the Interstate Eight, Scerine saved his best for last, shooting an 83 at the Class 2A Nazareth Academy Sectional and missing the state final cut by one stroke. His average was 45.2 strokes per nine holes.
“Consistently held the No. 1 spot on the varsity,” Coal City coach David Sinkular said. “Continued to lower his average throughout the season. Clear leader on the team.”
An All-Conference pick in the Interstate Eight, Callahan averaged 45.21 strokes per nine holes and had four birdies. His low round was a 39 at Whitetail Ridge.
Senior, Coal City
One shot separated Wills from a sectional berth at the Class 2A McNamara Regional. He averaged 46.9 strokes per nine holes, with a low round of 41, and was All-Conference in the Interstate Eight.
“Continually worked on his game with the aim of improving immediately,” Sinkular said. “Solid team leader as the sole senior playing on the varsity squad.”
With an 87 at the Class 1A Putnam County Regional, Clausel became the third golfer in Newark history to qualify for a sectional. He was part of a Newark team that tied the school record with a 168 on Oct. 2 and was seventh at the regional.