BY PATRICK KELLEY firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — DANVILLE — Bismarck-Henning’s Andy Bott stumbled out of the gate, but clawed his way back to a three-over-par 75 at the Viking Invitational on Friday for the lowest local individual score at Turtle Run Golf Course
“I started off four over after five holes, so what I’m taking out of it is that I came back,” Bott said. “I started to get down, then (Bis-Henn coach) Terry French got a hold of me … he’s one of the main reasons I can turn my round around. He just puts me in a better mood and I end up relaxing and playing better.”
Bott’s 75 led the way for his team as the Blue Devils carded a 322, earning ninth place while other area schools: Danville, Schlarman and Oakwood pulled up the rear with 14th, 15th and 16th place finishes respectively.
David Warren shot a 79 for Bismarck-Henning while Logan Reifsteck shot a 83 and Noah Campbell carded a 85.
Reed Krynski shot a 85 to lead the Vikings while Brad Taylor and Tristian Wolfe carded a 90 and Kevin Lichtenberger had a 98.
Devon Gondry led Schlarman Academy with a 91 while Brandon Rowe shot an 80 to lead Oakwood.
The overall indvidual winner was Normal Community’s Brady Quackenbush, who earned his second individual victory of the season and the best round of his life, a four-under-par 68.
Along with Quackenbush’s individual win in the shotgun start, came a team win for Normal Community. The Ironmen won the event by four strokes after shooting a 297 as a team.
“I really read the greens just right, and my iron game was on fire,” Quackenbush said after leading his team to victory. “But, putting is what got me low.”
While Quackenbush and Saint Thomas More’s Chris Tate – who shot a two-under-par 70, and finished in second place—were the only two players to find red numbers, Quackenbush wasn’t the only one in his foursome to leave Danville with hardware.
His playing partner, Christian Khachaturian of Champaign Centennial finished tied for fifth with a one-over-par 73. While Nolan Harris of Bloomington’s University High, ended the day with a two-over-par 74 earning a top 10.
While local schools failed to crack the top of the leaderboard, Bloomington-Normal-based schools took home Gold, Silver and Bronze. With the aforementioned Ironmen finishing in first place, crosstown foe Normal West came in second with a team score of 301 followed by Bloomington’s University High finishing in third with a team score of 309.
“We try to get into the tournaments with the deepest fields,” Normal Community coach Nathan Foster said. “We had set that [winning the invitational] as one of our goals. … We’ve had a couple of thirds, two seconds and this is our first win.”
Bloomington-Normal’s three-headed monster isn’t scheduled to play in Danville until next year’s event. However, Danville High will be seeing top three again in the conference tournament and regionals.