It all comes down to this for the Pekin boys golf team.
Beat Dunlap and Morton on Thursday at the Mid-Illini Conference tournament at Quail Meadows, and the Dragons will be conference champions.
Pekin concluded its conference dual match season Monday with a 160-188 win over Limestone at Coyote Creek. The Dragons finished 6-1 in Mid-Illini duals, losing only to Morton.
“We played well against Limestone. We were solid,” said Pekin coach Jeremy Crouch.
Medalist Mason Minkel led the way for the Dragons with 2-over-par 38. Ethan Sullivan (40), Cooper Theleritis (40) Brady Hilst (42) and Justin Taphorn (42) also scored for Pekin. Jack Kuethe (43) rounded out the Dragons’ lineup.
Tate Otten led Limestone (45).
Crouch said course management is the key to scoring well at Quail Meadows.
“You can’t take unnecessary risks,” he said. “Don’t do something to save a par. Take your medicine and move on.”
GIRLS GOLF: The Pekin girls golf team lost a close 221-226 decision Monday to Limestone on the front nine at Lick Creek in a Mid-Illini Conference dual match finale.
Summer Dick (50), Madison Raines (53), Jaden Rogers (58) and Sarah Butler (65) scored for Pekin (3-10, 2-5). Medalist Abby Coffey (49) led Limestone (3-4).
“Madison (Raines) played well and Summer (Dick) did OK, but we’re still three- and four-putting way too much with all the time we’re practicing our putting,” said Pekin coach Chris Neville.
“Hopefully, we’ll play our best Thursday (at the conference tournament at We-Ma-Tuk).”
Pekin finished 15th of 17 teams Saturday in the 17th annual Lady Dragon Classic at Lick Creek.
“When we putt well, we do well,” Neville said. “Three of our four girls didn’t putt well at the tournament.”
A sunny, cool day Saturday was a boon to the golfers, but Lick Creek played tougher than it usually does.
Sofia Lewis of team champion Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin was the medalist with 80.
Seven area teams participated in the tournament. Peoria Notre Dame led the way in ninth place.
Six Mid-Illini teams were in the field. They were Washington (10th), Morton (12th), Limestone (13th), East Peoria (14th), Pekin (15th) and Dunlap (17th).
Here are the tournament’s team standings and how local teams fared:
1. Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 342; 2. Normal U-High 348; 3. Normal Community 351; 4. O’Fallon 352; 5. Eureka 354; 6. Bloomington Central Catholic 355; 7. Edwardsville 362; 8. Springfield 374; 9. Peoria Notre Dame 380; 10. Washington 412; 11. Chatham Glenwood 419; 12. Morton 431; 13. Limestone 451; 14. East Peoria 456; 15. Pekin 465; 16. Normal West 470; Dunlap 495.
Washington: Ellie Schmidgall 97; Kylie Cassulo 98; Teyah Palmer 108; Megan Kelley 109; Abbie Reiser 117; Maddie Norman 122.
Morton: Maddy Becker 103; Olivia Remmert 106; Peyton Brown 110; Allison Smith 112; Kayla Scheck 116; Anna Berg 120.
East Peoria: Clarice Wolff 100; Taylor Bort 114; Kaylee Leach 116; Amanda Magarity 126.
Pekin: Summer Dick 101; Madison Raines 117; Jaden Rogers 118; Sarah Butler 129.
GIRLS TENNIS: The Pekin girls tennis team finished third behind Peoria Notre Dame and Washington on Saturday in the seven-team Peoria High Lady Maroon Invitational held at Washington.
Zariah Wherry of the Dragons won the singles consolation title and Ashley Stilling and Brogan Gresham were third in doubles.
Washington’s Sierra Sonnemaker won the singles title with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Notre Dame’s Maria Coulter.
Notre Dame’s Graci Couri and Sydnee O’Donnell beat Washington’s Grace Roozenboom and Brooke Naramore 6-4, 6-2 to win the doubles title.
Pekin beat East Peoria 6-3 Friday in the continuation of a Mid-Illini Conference match halted three days earlier because of rain.
Wherry (No. 3), Kayla Chau (No. 4), Gresham (No. 5) and Reeti Patel (No. 6) won singles matches for Pekin. Stilling and Gresham (No. 2) and Chance and Lauraelle Everhart (No. 6) won doubles matches.
“Our girls played hard to secure this win,” said Pekin coach Angel Carrington.
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