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IV league provides summer swings for high school golfers

Down the fairway

Mason Kimberley
Mason Kimberley

The fall prep golf season is still more than two months away, but some area high schoolers are getting their swings in already.

The first night for the Illinois Valley High School Summer Golf League brought 25 players to Spring Creek last week, including 21 boys and four girls.

There are seven league dates in all around the Illinois Valley with upcoming stops at Edgewood Park in McNabb (June 19), Senica’s Deer Park Golf Club in Oglesby (June 26), Wyaton Hills Golf Course in Princeton (July 3), Mendota Golf Club (July 11), Pine Hills Golf Club in Ottawa (July 17) and Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club in LaSalle (July 24).

Hall High School coach Mason Kimberley, who golfed for Princeton High School, started the league in 2017 to give area players a chance to keep their game fine-tuned throughout the summer, playing competitive rounds at the area’s best courses at an affordable rate.

“As a high school golf coach, I noticed there wasn’t a lot of opportunity for high school kids to get competitive exposure during the summer, at least locally,” Kimberley said. “It’s a great way for high school golfers to get to know the competition in the area and prepare themselves for the fall season.”

League fee of $70 includes green fees for all courses, trophies and prizes, and a season-ending pizza party.

The top 10 boys for the first week at Spring Creek were Ian Roach 32 and
Ben Cyr 39 of Putnam County, Trent DeVenney (Bureau Valley) 40, Nathan Potthoff (St. Bede) 40, Caleb Alter (Princeton) 41, Noah Stoudt (Ottawa) 45, Dylan Gross (Princeton) 46, Rivers Jordan (Hall) 47, Drake Stoudt (Ottawa) 47,
Nolan Scott (Princeton) 48 and Trent Kloepping (Princeton) 48.

Rounding out opening night were Eli Strawn (Princeton) 49, Nick Arrate (Hall) 52,
Nathaniel Mrowicki (Hall) 53, Adam Vigars (Princeton) 53, Austin Fairall (Streator) 55,
Grant Plym (Hall) 55, Matthew Rich (St. Bede) 56, Josh Scheri (Hall) 57, Trenton Acuncius (St. Bede) 57 and Eric Dudek (St. Bede) 63.

For the girls, Aleanna Mendoza (St. Bede) shot a 44, Ali Ciucci (Putnam County) a 45,
Gianna Grivetti (St. Bede) a 49 and Payge Pyszka (St. Bede) a 61.

Interested golfers may contact Kimberley at 815-303-6003 or masonkimberley1@gmail.com.

Last year’s top golfers were: Boys 1A - Ian Roach (PC/2020); boys 2A - Drake Stoudt (Ottawa/2022); and girls - Ali Cuicci (PC/2020).

IV Junior Golf League

SPRING VALLEY — Spring Creek Golf Course is hosting the Illinois Valley Junior Golf League once again for ages 6-18 with upcoming sessions on Friday, June 21, Monday, June 24, and Friday, June 28.

Weekly pre-registration is required prior to each league day. Prior formal instruction is required to participate in the league. There are eight divisions: boys & girls, ages 6-8 play 5 short holes; ages 9-11 and ages 12-13 play 9 shortened holes, and ages 14-18 play 9 regulation holes.

Daily fees are $4 to $10. Prizes are awarded for each league day. League awards with lunch is provided at the awards ceremony Friday, June 28.

The Illinois Valley Junior Golf Championship and Spring Creek Junior Member Tournaments are Monday, July 22.

The printable Junior Golf Pamphlet and Tournament Registration Forms are available online at www.springcreek-golfcourse.com. Contact Lucy Potthoff at 815-252-4010 with questions.

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