Auburn proved to be Lincolnwood's Achilles' heel in the final full week of the regular season as the Lancers took second to the Trojans in a pair of matches in Petersburg and Auburn on Sept. 28 and 29.
In Monday's match at Shambolee Golf Course in Petersburg, the Lancers shot a 187 to edge PORTA (190) and Beardstown (219), but fell 16 strokes short of Auburn (171).
Nate Brockmeyer would be low man for the Lancers, shooting an 8-over-par 44 on the day. Brockmeyer double bogeyed the first hole, but finished the final eight holes with two pars and six bogeys.
Will Jenkins would be two strokes behind Brockmeyer with a 46, posting three pars on the day, while Michael Jones added a 47. Braxton Schmedeke added the fourth scoring round with a 50.
Devin Brown would be just a stroke behind Schmedeke with a 51, while Michael Graham occupied the sixth slot with a 54.
Tuesday's match would be an evenly matched one, despite being played on the Trojans' home course of Edgewood Golf Course.
The Lancers, Trojans and North Mac were separated by just one stroke each, with Auburn winning with a 168, Lincolnwood taking second with a 169 and North Mac coming in with a 170. West Central would also play at Edgewood and finished fourth with a 196.
Each of the three teams also had a representative in the hunt for the top spot individually as there was a three-way tie for medalist. Luke Boesdorfer of Auburn, who was medalist at Shambolee the day before, North Mac's Ryley Marko and Lincolnwood's Nate Brockmeyer all shot 39s on the day. Brockmeyer's 3-over-par round consisted of three bogeys and six pars, five of which came in a row on holes four through eight.
Devin Brown would shoot a 40, posting four pars to give the Lancers a solid 1-2 punch, while Michael Jones and Braxton Schmedeke rounded out the scoring with a pair of 45s.
All six Lincolnwod players would shot within 14 strokes of par as Michael Graham finished with a 47 and Will Jenkins added in a 48.
Sept. 28 at Petersburg
Shambolee Golf Course - Par 36
Boys Team Results: Auburn 171, Lincolnwood-Morrisonville 187, PORTA 190, Beardstown 219.
Medalist: Luke Boesdorfer (A) 38.
Auburn (171) - Luke Boesdorfer 38, Clayton Komnick 43, Logan Kavish 44, Joshua Bailey 46, Hunter Bartolazzi 46, Tyler Smith 47.
Lincolnwood-Morrisonville (187) - Nate Brockmeyer 44, Will Jenkins 46, Michael Jones 47, Braxton Schmedeke 50, Devin Brown 51, Michael Graham 54.
PORTA (190) - Clary 45, Kinney 46, Donnan 48, Reincke 51, Musgrove 52, Crosnoe 53.
Beardstown (219) - David Davidsmeyer 48, Wyatt Peterson 52, Micah Wink 56, Walker Peterson 63, Jacob Hoffman 71.
Sept. 29 at Auburn
Edgewood Golf Club - Par 36
Boys Team Results: Auburn 168, Lincolnwood-Morrisonville 169, Norh Mac 170, West Central 196.
Auburn (168) - Luke Boesdorfer 39, Logan Kavish 41, Hunter Bartolazzi 42, Joshua Bailey 46, Clayton Komnick 46, Tyler Smith 49.
Lincolnwood-Morrisonville (169) - Nate Brockmeyer 39, Devin Brown 40, Michael Jones 45, Braxton Schmedeke 45, Michael Graham 47, Will Jenkins 48.
North Mac (170) - Ryley Marko 39, Cole Hatalla 42, Kannon Kirk 44, Matt Hendricks 45, Carson Raynor 48, Tanner Wilson 55.
West Central (196) - Tysyn Mast 41, Grant Frost 48, Noah Smith 53, Tristan Lashmett 54, Peri Andras 67.
Record: Lincolnwood-Morrisonville (26-3).