Fulton seniors Kyle Workman and Evan Eissens advanced to the Illinois Class 1A state golf meet with their performance in Monday’s sectional meet at Park Hills West Golf Course.

This will be Workman’s third trip to the state meet and the first for Eissens, who advanced as individuals. Fulton fell just short of its goal of advancing to the state meet as a team. The Steamers shot 339 as a team, four strokes behind Timothy Christian, which grabbed the third and final team qualifying spot.

“I’m really excited that I made it,” Eissens said. “It’s been my goal for a long time, since freshman year. I’ve been pretty close. Yet it is disappointing the team isn’t going. We were up against some really good teams. We do have two guys going, so it was a pretty good day.”

Freeport Aquin and North Shore Country Day each shot 320 as a team to advance as well. Pearl City’s Connor Thompson was the individual medalist with a 3-over 75. Workman shot 77 and Eissens recorded an 81.

Eissens said through 14 holes he was concerned that he would fall short in his bid to advance to state once again.

“I thought I was out of it,” he said. “I played the last four holes at 1-over. I kind of grinded it out and got a score (that advanced). Hopefully, I’ll get better from here.”

Eissens said overall it wasn’t his best day on the course, but he made enough shots to advance to state, which was what really mattered.

“I didn’t play that great,” he said. “My driver was all over the place. I had some really big sand saves, though, and I hit some good putts down the stretch.”

Workman and Eissens now advance to the two-day state meet on Friday and Saturday at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington. Eissens said he thought he could benefit from Workman’s experience at the state meet.

“He’s told me some things,” Eissens said. “He has some things written down that he’s going to show me, too. It will be nice playing with him in the practice round, so I can get some more tips. Plus it’s a links course, which is more my style. I’m looking forward to it.”

Eissens said he and Workman had high hopes for the state meet.

“Kyle and I know we can shoot really low scores,” he said. “I only saw one or two scores below 75 (in sectional play). There weren’t any in the high-60s like you sometimes see. If one of us has a good couple days, you never know what is going to happen.”

Another Three Rivers Athletic Conference school experienced some disappointment at the girls sectional meet, held at Gold Hills Golf Club in Macomb.

Prophetstown finishef tied four fourth as a team with Geneseo. Both teams shot 377. Quincy Notre Dame grabbed the third advancing spot with a 353, while Rochester won, shooting 331.



Park Hills West Golf Course, par 72

Team standings

(Top three advance to state meet)

1. Freeport Aquin 320; 2. North Shore Country Day 320; 3. Timothy Christian 335; 4. Fulton 339; 5. Rockford Christian 345; 6. Aurora Central Catholic 355; 7. Dakota 361; 8. Morrison 365; 9. Northridge Prep 369; 10. Granville 371; 11. Aurora Christian 375; 12. West Carroll 378.

Medalist — Connor Thompson (Pearl City) 75.

Individual qualifers

(Top 10 golfers not on qualifying teams)

Thompson (PC) 75; Kyle Workman (Fulton) 77; Trey Timpe (Stockton) 77; Taylor Burns (Dakota) 78; Evan Bean (Granville) 79; Evan Eissens (Fulton) 81; Casey Fritz (Eastland) 81; Andrew Dykun (Elgin Academy) 82; Justin Christiansen (Rockford Christian Life) 82; Brian Ostrander (Oregon) 82.


Gold Hills Golf Club, par 70

Team standings

(Top three advance to state meet)

1. Rochester 331; 2. Morton 348; 3. Quincy Notre Dame 353; 4. Geneseo 377; 5. Prophetstown 377; 6. Rockridge 383; 7. West Hancock 384; 8. Peoria Notre Dame 388; 9. Camp Point Central 399; 10. Metamora 408; 11. Lincoln 429; 12. Auburn 433,

Medalist — Sydney Hawley (Pittsfield) 76.

Individual qualifers

(Top 10 golfers not on qualifying teams)

Hawley (Pitt) 76; Justine Peel (United-Monmouth) 78; Lexi Peterson (Cuba) 78; Allison Farrell (Geneseo) 79; Lexie Emerson (Williamsville) 79; Taylor Thompson (Knoxville) 79; Caitlin Sims (Greenview) 81; Hailea Hadsall (Macomb) 81; Dakota Limkemann (Augusta-Southeastern) 81; Lauren Frye (Winchester) 82.

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