Monday, October 7, 2019

Drier and Heiden finish Mid-Illini Conference #1 and #2

Thursday, October 3rd, Kellogg Golf Course, Peoria;  Photo and Story by Charlie Drier  (left to right Junior's Hannah Heiden and Brooke Drier take a bite into their top place medals)

Waking up on this crisp October Thursday morning, with rain and a slight thunder storm earlier in the morning, many of us weren't expecting to play 18 holes of golf.  Maybe the storm was a dream and the mist received for most of the morning was just a free car wash for us here in the greater Peoria area.  Golf did take place at Kellogg Golf Course, the crown jeweled golf course for the Peoria Park District.  Dunlap's home course, Kellogg,  was wet, soggy and ready for this Mid-Illini Conference Meet.  The weather was just fit for a golfer, i mean a duck as it was in the high 50s, overcast, windy and misting on and off.  Did i mention windy and cold?

Dressed accordingly, any golfer would have done well here today.  Listening to the professional forecasters with equipment and technology greater than some of our school districts annual budget's in the Mid-Illini Conference, you would have dressed in shorts and a light jacket.  For many of the lady golfers, they were in golf shirts and not full length pants.  The pro shop there at Kellogg did very well with many of their young ladies outdoor attire; thank you Mid-Illini Conference!  For those of us who have tried to mow our lawns lately, you know of the mess your yard looks like after walking over it with a single or triple bladed riding lawn mower.  That best describes much of Kellogg's rough and fairway's here today.

Everyone got to enjoy and play through this very rough and wet golf course today, so the love was spread to everyone today.  Speaking of love, have you ever had an object actually gain speed while going up hill?  Today was full of that gosh darn anomaly of physics today on any uphill putt.  If you were there, you would have rubbed your eyes after seeing a golf ball actually gain speed and have a line of fire behind it on an uphill putt.  Brace yourself for a down hill putt, as they were as fast as a speeding bullet, able to bound tall buildings; wait, that was an opening of a TV show back in the 60's.  you get the picture, they were fast despite the water we have received these past few days.

This 18 hole Mid-Illini Conference match included all the usual suspects; Canton, Dunlap, East Peoria, Metamora, Morton, Pekin and Washington.  After counting the score cards and getting signatures the tournament concluded with Washington taking the Mid-Illini conference trophy back to their place and the Lady Redbirds taking third.  The highlight of the tournament was Metamora's own taking second and first place for the conference play and the tournament conference play.  Junior's Brooke Drier and Hannah Heiden, who have played first and second all season, came away one and two with Brooke Drier's 90 and Hannah Heiden's 93.  That concluded the Mid-Illini Conference with a unique historical event, two players from the same team coming in one and two for the conference play and then also coming in one and two for the conference tournament as well.  You couldn't have written a better script than that.  

Honorable mention for Junior Varsity Lady Redbirds Olivia Ehlers, Stephanie Spradlin and Avery Adami for their Top Ten Tournament round.   

Next Thursday, Metamora hosts the Regional IHSA Girls Golf Tournament at Metamora Fields Golf Course.  Great talent will be participating in this fall classic.  If you want to see great golf, come on out and support amateur athletics at its best, especially ladies athletics.  Until then, may your drive always find the fairway and the wind be to your back.

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