Mower Makes State Trip Memorable For Herman

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While he didn’t get a second day, Lincolnwood senior Sam Herman got his money’s worth on day one at the IHSA Class 1A State Golf Tournament.

Teeing off at 9:33 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, on the back nine at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington, Herman shot an 87, five strokes away from one of the last qualifying spots for day two.

Herman fluctuated between solid and phenomenal in his first nine, recovering from two double bogeys on number 11 and number 14 to keep his score at 4-over-par going into the final two holes.

That’s where the adventure began.

On the 295 yard, par-4 17th hole, Herman sent his drive to the deep corner of the course, near the out of bounds line that differentiated the course from the yards of a row of residences. In one of the more unique moments of the weekend, the particular yard that was closest to Herman’s ball happened to be getting a trim at that moment.

As Herman, Coach Verne Pinkston and a group of other Lancers who made the trip to support their lone senior approached the ball, they noticed that it was sitting just over the out of bounds line and had been struck by the mower, which had not only mowed the yard, but a few feet into the course as well.

“Usually I go strictly from the rule book,” a tournament rules official told Herman, “but there is nothing like this in the rule book.”

After a brief discussion, the official ruled that it could be reasonably concluded that the mower had moved the ball when it struck it. Herman was allowed to place his ball in bounds, where he chipped onto the green and saved par.

The adventure continued on 18 when his drive went behind a tree line, forcing him to take two shots to reach the green. Luck continued to be with Herman though as he sunk a long putt to be at 4-over at the turn, definitely in the hunt for a spot in day two.

Herman may have used up his luck on the back nine though as it slipped away some with a triple bogey on number one and a double on number two for a rough start. He would finish the round with a 47 on the front nine, good for an 87 on the day. That would tie him for 65th overall, a solid performance, but not enough to keep his season alive.

Last year was to be the first time the cut was instituted, but weather cancelled day one kept that from occurring. Despite a recommendation from the IHSA golf advisory committee, the IHSA Board of Directors decided to continue the practice of cutting the field by a third on the second day of the state golf tournaments for players not on one of the top eight teams or among the top 24 individuals not on one of those teams.

The rule is meant to alleviate perceived issues with pace of play at state, despite coaches overwhelmingly preferring not having a cut at state in their 2018 postseason survey. 

While Herman experienced the unfortunate part of the rule first hand, he did manage to pack a whole lot of memories into 18 holes, which was more than worth the trip to Bloomington. 

October 18 at Bloomington

IHSA Class 1A Boys 

State Golf Tournament

Prairie Vista Golf Course - Par 72

Lincolnwood Results

T-65. Sam Herman - 153

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