Par for the course hasn’t been good enough lately for Pekin golfer Mason Minkel.
After shooting 3-under-par 69 last weekend at Meadowview to win medalist honors in the rain-shortened Mattoon Invitational, Minkel shot 2-under 33 Tuesday on the front nine at Metamora Fields.
The sophomore was the medalist again as Pekin defeated Metamora 149-162 in a Mid-Illini Conference match.
Justin Taphorn (35), Cooper Theleritis (40) and Ethan Sullivan (41) also scored for the Dragons (4-1, 8-3). Brady Hilst and Jack Kuethe each shot 46.
“The guys who kept the ball in the fairway there (at Metamora Fields) were rewarded,” said Pekin coach Jeremy Crouch.
Colten Kahler led Metamora with 38.
Pekin will host the Dragon Invitational on Saturday at Lick Creek.
TIM’S TIME: Tim Sheppard of East Peoria and Cory Scott of Galesburg are among three players tied atop the leaderboard after Wednesday’s opening round of the Illinois State Senior Amateur golf tournament at Riverside Golf Club.
Sheppard, Scott and Daniel Brassil of Chicago all posted 3-over-par 74s in the 54-hole event conducted by the Chicago District Golf Association. El Paso’s Tom Kearfott, the defending champion, is among three players one stroke out of the lead.
Among other area players, Tom Miler of Kewanee is tied for 11th with a 77, while Dan Moran of Mapleton and Ed Whitaker of Pekin are tied for 21st with 79s. (GMI)
BOWERS LEADS: Defending champion Jan Bowers posted the low score of the day Wednesday and moved into the lead after two rounds of the 54-hole Illinois Senior Women’s Amateur Championship golf tournament at Metamora Fields Golf Club.
Bowers, of Lincoln, shot a 2-over-par 74 for a 151 total in the Illinois Women’s Golf Association event. She has a three-stroke lead over 2016 champ Mary Ellen Martin of Winfield and a six-stroke advantage over Donna Peterson of Bloomington and Lucy Sievers of Wilmette.
Among area players, Lou Tenarvitz (166) of Peoria is tied for 14th and Jane Seiler (167) of Peoria is tied for 20th. (GMI)
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