Saturday is quarterfinal day in the annual Tri-County Match Play men’s amateur golf tournament at Lick Creek Country Club in Pekin.

Championship Flight, A Flight and Senior Flight all have eight competitors remaining after opening day matches were played Friday.

There’s a celebrity in the Championship Flight’s Elite Eight.

Chris Frasco, recently named the Illinois Elementary School Association assistant executive director, will face Curt Minkel on Saturday.

Neither played Friday. Frasco moved on when Josh Beck withdrew from the tournament and Minkel received a bye because of his No. 2 seed.

The No. 1 seeds are Tim Sheppard in Championship Flight, Josh Ellingson in A Flight and Scott Deakin in Senior Flight.

Sheppard, Ellingson and Deakin each had a bye Friday and will play Saturday.

Semifinal and championship matches in each flight will be Sunday.

See Scoreboard on Page B2 for the complete tournament results and pairings.

Bushong goes for gold

Pekin’s Drake Bushong competed in the championship match of the 98th Chicago District Golf Association Amateur Championship on Friday at Briar Ridge Country Club in Schererville, Ind.

Bushong won his semifinal match Thursday on the 19th hole, giving him an opportunity to become the sixth downstate champion in eight years in a tournament that is normally dominated by Chicago-area golfers.

An 18-foot birdie putt gave Bushong a 1-up victory over Kyle Slattery of Rockford in the semifinals.

Bushong won two of the last three holes. He won with par on No. 17 in a battle of collegiate golfers. Bushong is a junior at Bradley and Slattery is a junior at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

The tournament championship match between Bushong, 20, and Michael Fastert, 37, of Des Moines, Iowa was 36 holes.

 

Association on a roll

An organizational meeting is set for 1 p.m., July 9 at Landmark Lanes in Peoria to set up a new, merged local bowling association that will include representatives from the Greater Peoria Bowling Association, Peoria Women’s Bowling Association and local youth association.

The membership will vote on approving by-laws for the USBC Merged Association (that will have an official name at a later date) and elect board members to fill positions created by the merger.

A committee that included members from all three current local boards has held meetings to discuss the merger process. The merger will start with the upcoming season, which starts on Aug. 1.

Anyone who wants to join the new board needs to complete an application either prior to or at the meeting. You must be an active USBC (United States Bowling Congress) member to apply, and you must attend the meeting.

Peoria Journal Star sports staff contributed to this report. Contact Steve Stein at stevestein21@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.