The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

July 7, 2013

City tourney cancelled

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DANVILLE — A year ago, Catlin’s David Keenan joined an elite group of area golfers when he claimed the 2012 Danville City and Area Tournament.

Keenan, who also won three junior titles, cruised to an 11-stroke victory with a winning score of 5-under 282 in the four-round tournament.

Unfortunately, Keenan will not get a chance to defend his title as this year’s tournament was cancelled because of low turnout. The first round of the tournament was supposed to have been played on Saturday at Harrison Park Golf Course, but instead Keenan was there playing a round of golf with former Salt Fork teammate Jordan Danzl.

“It’s pretty disappointing not to get the chance to defend the title, but it is what it is,’’ Keenan said.

And how did he do on Saturday at Harrison Park?

“Ironically, I had a putt for my best round there,’’ Keenan said. “I shot a 65, but I just missed a putt for a 64.

“That would have been a pretty good start to the tournament.’’

Not only does Keenan not get a chance to defend his title, but it also means that he will not be playing a competitive round of golf for two weeks.

It’s something that Keenan, the 2013 NJCAA Division II National Champion while playing at Parkland, does need as he prepares for his junior season at Chicago State.

“I also went two weeks without playing a competitive round after winning the NJCAA National Championship and I wound up not making the state amateur tournament because of it,’’ he said.

Keenan said his next event would be the Harrison Park Open.