BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Fulton sophomore Andrew Schrader was tied for 22nd and senior teammate Jason Sikkema was in a tie for 34th place Friday after the opening round of the Illinois Class 1A boys golf state tournament.
Schrader recorded three birdies on his way to an 8-over-par 80. Sikkema parred or birdied all but two holes as he opened with an 83 at Prairie Vista Golf Course.
Schrader, who was in the final foursome to tee off, started on the 10th hole and traded pars and bogeys over his first four holes. After a double-bogie 6 on No. 14, he birdied the par-3 15th hole, then went par-bogey-par to finish with a 40. He opened his second nine holes with birdies on the par-4 first and second holes and finished with another 40.
He finished the day tied with Austyn Downen of Hamilton County, Dayton Pate of Decatur Lutheran, Luke Ludwig of Effingham St. Anthony and Nick Weaver of Havana.
Sikkema, who was in the last foursome to tee off on No. 1, put together a 39 on the front nine. He was hurt when he had a double bogey on the par-4 10th hole and a triple birdie on the par-3 12th.
Tied with Sikkema were Dawson Brown of Mount Carmel, Caleb Dzierzynski of Putnam County, Will Dart of Winnetka North Shore Country Day and Riley Hogan of Rockford Christian.
Riverdale senior Tyler Bussert and Winnebago sophomore Marcus Smith resumed their battle from the sectional meet and recorded the top two scores Friday, with Riverdale junior Anthony Ruthey ending the day tied the third place.
Bussert had one birdie, on No. 1, and finished at 1-over 73. Smith birdied Nos. 2 and 3, both par-4 holes, and was one stroke behind Bussert. Ruthey also had two birdies and was one of three golfers at 76.
Erie's Newton shoots 91
DECATUR, Ill. — Madison Newton of Erie opened with a 91 on Friday and was tied for 57th place at the Illinois Class 1A girls golf state tournament.
Newton had two pars and a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole to shoot a 46 on the front nine. Her back nine, a 45, featured successive pars on Nos. 11-13 and another on the par-5 18th hole at Red Tail Run Golf Course.
Megan Breslin of Pinckneyville and Ali Schrock of Pontiac, both juniors, shared the first-round lead with 75s. Kewanee's Riley Hansen, the two-time Three Rivers Conference champion, was part of a group of four girls who were tied for third place at 77.