BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL – Boylan senior TJ Baker closed out his high school golfing career in style with the Class 2-A individual state championship.
Baker made the shot of the day, and arguably the whole state tournament, drilling a hole-in-one on the par three seventh at Weibring Golf Club. Baker shot a two-round 134, good enough to win the individual crown by one stroke over Notre Dame’s Alex McCulla of Quincy.
Highlights of Baker’s performance at state are courtesy of 13 WREX’s partners in Peoria, WEEK-TV.
Boylan finished third in the team standings, paced by Baker’s huge finale.
Other notable local finishers are organized by gender and class below.
Class 1-A Boys
Marcus Smith of Winnebago couldn’t complete an individual repeat as state champion, finishing 5th, five shots behind Peoria Christian’s Weston Walker, who birdied five of his last six holes. Rockford Christian’s Owen Hultman finished tenth on the individual leaderboard.
Class 3-A Boys
DeKalb finished in 8th on the team leaderboard, with senior Jack Paeglow tying for third in the individual standings.
Class 1-A Girls
Boylan freshman Ella Greenberg tied for eighth, eights shots off the top score. Megan Thiravong tied for twelfth, representing the Lady Hubs. Dixon’s Bella Heintzelman and Rockford Christian’s Emily Kneller each finished in the top 30 on the individual leaderboard out of the Big Northern.
Class 2-A Girls
Katelyn Sayyalinh of the RPS 205 co-op and Brighton Young of Harlem each finished in the Top 20 to carry the torch for the NIC-10.