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Nichols’ eagle just second-best shot

Ian Nichols had one of the best shots of the day in Tuesday’s Three Rivers Athletic Conference golf meet at Spring Creek, holing out from about 165 yards for an eagle 3 on the 365-yard 14th hole.

Tiger coach Duane Price said it was simply a “great moment for a great young man.”

Price said the hole itself “is one of the toughest on the course with its sloping fairway and pond in front of the green. I was on the tee helping our team with strategy for the hole because the tee shot is so crucial on the hole. I joked that it must have been his strategy from the tee that made the second shot so easy.”

But Nichols’ shot was not the best one. That honor went to Sterling Newman sophomore Shawn Rosengren, the Comets’ No. 4 man, who connected for a hole-in-one on the 132-yard, number 7 hole with his 9 iron.

“Unfortunately, by the end of the day, we heard that it was only the second best shot of the day. When I told Ian, he laughed and said he had to go congratulation the Newman player,” Price said.

Rosengren never saw the shot because of its uphill lie.

“I didn’t know that it went in because I couldn’t see it,” Rosengren said. “When I got to the top of the hill, I was kind of scared to look into the cup. It was an awesome feeling, and it got me really excited.

“That’s sort of the thing about it. I was playing pretty good for me before that. Afterward, I was just so excited that I didn’t play as well on the last few holes.”

Bureau Valley coach Dan Gustafson got a first-hand account of the shot from the Storm’s Jay Norden, who was in Rosengren’s foursome along with Amboy’s Sam Klein.

“Jay thought it was one of the neatest things,” Gustafson said. “He said the ball took one bounce and they never saw it again. They didn’t realize the ball went in until they got up to the hole and there was a ball in the cup.”

No Lion: The Amboy/LaMoille co-op has worked out well for both schools, placing fourth in Tuesday’s TRAC Meet. LaMoille sends four golfers into the co-op, including fourth-place Griffin Kozeal, a junior, along with Jake Lucas, Tracer Mills and Josh Gross.

Girls go next: The TRAC girls meet will be held Tuesday at Baker Park in Kewanee, including golfers from Hall, Princeton and St. Bede.

Regional week: With a final tuneup Saturday, area teams will tee up for regionals Tuesday around the Illinois Valley. Amboy/LaMoille, Bureau Valley, DePue, Hall and St. Bede will play in the Granville 1A Regional at Edgewood Park Golf Club. Princeton is in 2A once again, playing out of the LaSalle Regional at Senica’s Oak Ridge along with Mendota and LaSalle-Peru.

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