Boys golf falls to Morton

Adam Larck
Ryan Ballard watches his shot Tuesday against Morton. Ballard finished with a 36.

Morton used its home course to its advantage on Sept. 11, pulling out a 150-154 victory.

“We were close,” coach Todd Cheek said. “For the third time in a row, we lost something by four strokes. We had Pekin last week here and had a chance to win, and then we had our Redbird Classic that was a great success. It was pretty competitive, and we lost by four strokes in that.”

Ryan Ballard tied for medalist honors with a 36, with Quinn Zircher shooting a 38.

Both Ryan Waterworth and Steve Blackburn carded 40s.

“We came down to our last match out on the course, and they just had some golfers that were really playing well, and we just had a couple of bobbles,” Cheek said.

The Redbirds junior varsity team pulled away with a 169-185 victory, with Lucas Munter getting medalist honors with a 38.

Pekin Dragon Classic

The Redbirds finished 13th out of 23 teams Saturday at the Pekin Dragon Classic at Lick Creek.

Metamora had 328 points, while Quincy finished first with 310.

The team was two points behind Morton, and four behind Washington.

Ballard finished fourth in the tournament with a 74, four behind the leader.

Trey Tussey shot an 84, Waterworth an 86 and Zircher an 89.

Looking ahead

With the season over halfway done, the Mid-Illini conference tournament is coming up soon for the Redbirds at Metamora Fields. on Sept. 27.

“You come out here and everyone plays well that day, and a team with two-three wins could come in and cause some problems,” Cheek said.

Metamota Fields is a host site for regional competition.

While the Redbirds have had some recent close losses, Cheek said he’s more concerned with the team coming out and being competitive at each match, which the players have been doing.

“We’re playing well, doing a lot of really good things, but this is the time in the year when you want to start making the little things happen and make scores come down a stroke or two every time you’re out,” he said.