Prairie Ridge’s Dominic Leli was at 4-over par after 11 holes when snow suspended play at the Class 2A boys golf state meet Friday at Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University in Normal.
After Friday’s scores were wiped away and the tournament was shortened to 18 holes, the senior and two-time state qualifier was happy to get a clean slate Saturday.
Leli took advantage of the nicer conditions and carded a 5-over-par 76 in his final round of high school golf, finishing in a tie for ninth. Bloomington sophomore T.J. Barger won with a 3-under-par 68.
“Yesterday, I got lucky, because I was struggling a bit,” said Leli, who will play golf next fall at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. “I went right back out and showed what I had. I played 11 holes yesterday, and about five of them were in the snow.”
“I was very happy to get a second shot today. It was a grind, but overall, it was a lot of fun for me and (Prairie Ridge junior teammate) Grant (Klepitsch).”
Leli became the Wolves’ third golfer to place in the top 10 at state. Ethan Farnam finished runner-up in Class 3A in 2015 and 2016, and Cameron Karney was third in Class 2A last season.
Leli’s teammate, Klepitsch, had an 86 and tied for 82nd.
“For Grant, I think he learned a lot, and he’s going to go back down next year,” Leli said. “He’s going to follow exactly how me, Cam and Ethan have the past three years.”
Crystal Lake South ended a 16-year drought and advanced to state as a team for the fifth time in program history. The Gators had a team score of 325 and placed 10th of out 12 teams.
Senior Casey Hunter (tied for 36th) led South with an 80, sophomore Will Stewart (tied for 45th) had an 81, and juniors John Lishchynsky and Ethan Wiggs fired 82s – tying for 53rd.
Class 1A state tournament: At Red Tail Run in Decatur, Richmond-Burton’s Lauryn Davis tied for 16th with a two-day total of 159. After shooting a 6-over-par 78 on Day 1, the senior and two-time state qualifier came back with an 81 in the second round.
Davis, the 2017 Kishwaukee River Conference Girls Golfer of the Year, had one birdie in her final high school round. Davis finished one shot outside of the top 15. Pontiac’s Dani Grace Schrock won the title with a 146.