Tussey overcomes deficit to win championship

Sean Flavin

Dressed in orange pants with matching polo shirt and cleats, Trey Tussey looked the part.

After battling a rough start July 13, the incoming freshman from Metamora also played it.

Tussey overcame a 2-hole deficit through six to defeat Conner Cordts 5-and-3 in the finals of the Tri-County Junior Boys golf championship, a

Peoria Park District-sponsored event at Madison Golf Course.

Cordts claimed the first two holes and  halved the third after scrambling to get up and down when his ball came to rest close to an out-of-bounds marker.

Visibly frustrated, Tussey kept pace. After an errant approach shot put Cordts in a green-side bunker, Tussey seized the opportunity. He completed a two-putt par to win his first hole of the day.

The match was even heading into the par-4 11th. Tussey, who had struggled driving the ball most of the day, trumped his opponent’s impressive tee shot with a drive down the right side of the fairway, less than 100 yards from the green.  

“I finally caught one solid,” Tussey said, “I’ve had that distance (into this green) all week.”

Sizing up a familiar shot, Tussey hesitated and switched clubs. The decision paid off; his approach rolled a few feet from the cup, and an easy birdie putt gave Tussey his first lead of the day. He followed by winning the next four holes, highlighed by a chip-in birdie on 14 before ending the match on the next green.

Tussey chose not to play in the Trusted Choice Big I Classic, a national qualifing tournament held Wednesday and Thursday at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin.

And after a dissapointing loss to the eventual champion here last year, Tussey expected to win.

“This feel’s great,” Tussey said. “I wasn’t going to let that happen again.”

A Metamora student also claimed the event’s A Flight. Quinn Zircher rode his long drives and solid putting to a 2-and-1 victory over Devon Liberty.

Michael Greenan defeated Alex Cheng in the B Flight, in which the final match also was decided 2-and-1.