Hiltoppers Best Competition At Mattoon Boys Golf Invite

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Only one word can describe the Hillsboro boys golf team on Saturday, Sept. 14 - best.

Not only did the Hiltoppers have the best overall score at the Craig Dixon Mattoon Invitational, but they accomplished the feat by seven strokes over a field full of much larger schools. Until this year, those much larger schools held the top spot at the end of the 36-hole tourney, but this year, Hillsboro was the best.

They also had the best overall score on day two of the tournament. After starting the day six strokes behind Edwardsville’s first round score of 302, the Toppers shot a 304 to become the only team to break 310 in both rounds.

One by one they picked off the five bigger teams ahead of them. Normal shot a 322 on day two for a 328, 16 strokes back. Normal U-High shot a 320 for a 625, 13 strokes back. Edwardsville finished with a 319 on day two for a 621 overall, nine strokes back. Quincy Notre Dame finished with a 620 overall after a 315 on day two, eight strokes back. And Pekin shot a 313 to take the runner-up spot with a 619, seven strokes back.

While Hillsboro wouldn’t have the top individual scorer overall, Quincy Notre Dame’s Alex McCulla took that honor with a 137, they did have the best individual score on day two with Alex Eickhoff’s 69 at the Mattoon Country Club. Eickhoff, who shot a 73 at Meadowview on day one, would finish with a 142 overall to take second place individually.

Alex White would shoot 75 on both days to finish with a 150, good enough to tie for seventh overall with Mason Minkel of Pekin and Justin McCoy of Champaign Central. Hillsboro would be one of three teams to have two players finish in the top ten individually, with Pekin and Champaign Central the other two.

Like Eickhoff, Dane Huber also lowered his score from day one to day two. Huber shot an 80 at Meadowview, then followed that with a 77 at Mattoon Country Club to finish with a 157, just six strokes off the top ten.

Wilson Hamby would add in a 163 for the final scoring round for the Toppers. He’d shoot an 80 on day one and a 83 on day two for a solid overall weekend. Owen Malloy and Gunnar Micnheimer would round out the lineup for Hillsboro. Malloy had rounds of 90 and 86 for a 176, while Micnheimer had an 88 and a 98 for a 186 overall.

The win gives the Toppers another feather in their caps as the season begins to wind down. Hillsboro found out Wednesday that they will play in the Alton Marquette Regional at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course in Alton on Monday, Oct. 7. Among those joining the Toppers will be the host team, who also played at Mattoon and finished 22nd overall with a 707.

Hillsboro returns home Monday, Sept. 16 to play Pana and Roxana at the Hillsboro Country Club, followed by a trip to Timber Lakes Golf Course in Staunton to take on Father McGivney.

September 13-14 at Mattoon

Day 1: Meadowview - Par 72

Day 2: Mattoon Country Club - Par 72

Boys Team Results: 1. Hillsboro 612; 2. Pekin 619; 3. Quincy Notre Dame 620; 4. Edwardsville621; 5. Normal U-High 625; 6. Normal 628; 7. Sacred Heart-Griffin 645; 8. Champaign Central 647; 9. Bloomington 651; 10. Effingham St. Anthony 652; 11. Charleston 657; 12. Marmion Academy 665; 13. Bloomington Central Catholic 666; 14. Quincy 669; 15. Normal West 672; 16. Chatham Glenwood  676; 17. Mattoon 691; 17. Springfield 691; 19. Lincoln 695; 20. Lawrenceville 703; 21. Paris 704; 22. Alton Marquette 707; 23. Massac County 708; 24. Olney East Richland 713; 25. Herrin 715; 26. Centennial 716; 27. Effingham 717; 28. East Peoria 722; 29. Rantoul/Paxton-Buckley-Loda 727; 30. Mahomet-Seymour 734; 31. Mt. Zion 765; 32. Mt. Carmel 769; 33. Urbana 776; 34. Mattoon B 842; 35. Clinton 430+420=850; 36. Taylorville 852; 37. Teutopolis 853; 38. Danvile877.

Hillsboro (612) - Alex Eickhoff 73+69=142; Alex White 75+75=150; Dane Huber 80+77=157; Wilson Hamby 80+83=163; Owen Malloy 90+86=176; Gunnar Micnheimer 88+98=186.

Individual Top Ten: 1. Alex McCulla (Quincy Notre Dame) 137, 2. Alex Eickhoff (Hillsboro) 142, 3. T.J. Barger (Bloomington) 143, 4. Hayden Moore (Edwardsville) 148, 4. Carter Stevenson (Pekin) 148, 6. Cameren Ray (Lawrenceville) 149, 7. Alex White (Hillsboro) 150, 7. Mason Minkel (Pekin) 150, 7. Justin McCoy (Champaign Central) 150, 10. Wade Schacht (Champaign Central) 151.

Toppers Go Low At Hillsboro Country Club

On Thursday, Sept. 12, the Toppers defended their home course with a victory over Auburn and PORTA at the Hillsboro Country Club.

Hillsboro had four of the top five spots on the day, led by Alex White with an even-par 36.

Dane Huber would back White with a 38, while Owen Malloy added a 39. Wilson Hamby would tie for four overall individually with Luke Smith of PORTA as both players shot 5-over-par 41s on the day.

While they didn’t factor into the scoring, Tad Daniels and Gunnar Micnheimer played well for Hillsboro as well, shooting rounds of 42 and 44 respectively.

Hillsboro’s 154 would be 34 strokes better than Auburn and 51 strokes better than PORTA.

The Hillsboro JV team also played on their home course, shooting a 199. Nate Reeves and Drake Vogel would lead the way with a pair of 48s, while Dillon Smail added a 49. Preston Lyerla finished out the scoring with a 54, while Hayden Fuller added a 62.

As good as the JV did on Thursday, they did even better on Friday, Sept. 13, in a JV match at Indian Springs Golf Course near Coffeen.

The Toppers shot a 163 as a team, with two players, Tad Daniels and Dominic Haggard, coming in under 40. Daniels would take medalist honors for the match with a 35, while Haggard was four strokes back with a 39.

Nate Reeves would add in a 44, while Drake Vogel contributed a 45. Preston Lyerla and Dillon Smail weren’t far behind the Topper top four, shooting 46 and 47, two rounds that would have made the scoring for either of the other two teams.

Lincolnwood would finish second to Hillsboro with a solid 182, 25 strokes better than third place Pana. The JV Lancers were led by Nate Brockmeyer, who shot a 45, and Colton Tischkau, who shot a 47.

Drake Germann would add in a 50, while Michael Graham shot a 51 for Lincolnwood. George Schoenherr and Jacob Mizera also played, shooting rounds of 54 and 57 respectively.

Hillsboro returns home Monday, Sept. 16 to play Pana and Roxana at the Hillsboro Country Club, followed by a trip to Timber Lakes Golf Course in Staunton to take on Father McGivney.

September 12 at Hillsboro

Hillsboro Country Club - Par 36

Boys Team Results: 1. Hillsboro 154, 2. Auburn 188, 3. PORTA 205.

Medalist: Alex White (Hillsboro) 36.

Hillsboro (154) - Alex White 36, Dane Huber 38, Owen Malloy 39, Wilson Hamby 41, Tad Daniels 42, Gunnar Micnheimer 44.

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