Andrew Schrader

Fulton senior Andrew Schrader tees off in this Herald file photo.

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – With their season on the line, the Fulton boys’ golf team turned in an excellent day of golf in order to make the cut on Friday and play another round in the Illinois High School State Golf Tournament in Bloomington.

The first day ensures that the Steamers will place in the top eight of Class 1A teams. Round 2 will take place on Saturday at Prairie Vista Golf Course.

“Such a good day for Fulton golf,” head coach Kevin Ver Hoeven said. “The goal today was to finish in the top eight and advance and we placed fifth. The two seniors led the way. Andrew played great and Alex was outstanding.”

Andrew Schrader turned in a 72 on the day, impressing on the back nine, evening out three bogey holes with three birdies, including two in a row on holes 15 and 16 to come in right at par. That leaves Schrader tied for fifth place as an individual.

The team came in at +43 on the day, two strokes ahead of conference foe Riverdale, who also made the cut. The Fulton team had the fifth best score of the day on Friday. The top eight teams advance to the second day of competition.

Junior Patrick Wiebengs was consistent on the day, shooting an 83 for the next best score. Alex Hartman struggled a little on the front nine but rebounded to turn in an 87.

Ian Wiebenga and Josh VanderPloeg golfed 89 and 90 respectively, while Landon Meyers finished with a 114 on the day.

The Steamers will tee off on Saturday morning on the tenth tee, starting with Landon Meyers at 8:30 a.m. and the following five to follow in groups of their own.

“I hope the kids are loose tomorrow and savor and enjoy every moment of this experience,” Ver Hoeven said.