Courier sports staff
---- — MARION, Ill. — Heading down the stretch on Sunday, it appeared once again the young Indian Hills golf team would again be in position to carry an overnight lead into the final round of a fall season tournament.
But after losing the overnight lead in its fall opener two weeks ago in Wichita, IHCC lost a four-shot advantage before even making it to the clubhouse Sunday in the opening round at the John A. Logan Invitational. Late struggles in the opening round led to the Warriors looking up at the hosting Trailblazers on the leaderboard when the opening day was over.
That four-shot lead John A. Logan took into Monday’s final round would hold up on the tough Kokopelli Golf Course. Both the Trailblazers and Warriors fired rounds of 307 over the final 18 holes, leaving IHCC as a runner-up to the host school yet again at the Illinois tournament.
“We’ve failed to win the last three times we’ve played here,” Indian Hills head coach Mike Hagen said. “It’s a tough course that’s tough to pick up shots. Being that it’s John A. Logan’s home course certainly does help us, but dropping those eight shots late on Sunday proved to be very costly going into the final day.
“I told my guys that I don’t think I’ve had a team play better on this course in this tournament then we did in those first 14 holes. It’s just disappointing we couldn’t finish that round off.”
Runner-up honors also went home individually to IHCC sophomore Luke Munson, who couldn’t hold off Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Hayes Weatherscy’s final-round charge for the meet medalist honor. Munson settled for second after a three-over 75 Monday and a two-round 147 total while Weatherscy finished even par for the tournament with a one-under final round 71.
Indian Hills will have two more weeks to continue learning, growing and hopefully getting healthier as a team before the next fall tournament on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Kirkwood’s Eagle Classic in Marion.
“We still have three more fall events to go,” Hagen said. “We’re a young team, but we’re also a very talented team. We just need to do the little things right if we want to close these things out. We also should be back at full strength next week as well.”
JOHN A. LOGAN FALL GOLF INVITATIONAL
At Kokopelli Golf Course
Team scoring — 1. John A. Logan 294-307-601, 2. Indian Hills 298-307-605, 3. Mississippi Gulf Coast 307-314-621, 4. Rend Lake 314-326-640, 5. Vincennes 326-318-644, 6. Black Hawk 323-325-648, 7. Kaskaskia 334-326-660, 8. Mineral Area 340-330-670. 9. Lincoln Trail 349-349-698.
Medalist — Hayes Weatherscy (Mississippi Gulf Coast) 73-71-144.
Runner-up — Luke Munson (IHCC) 72-75-147.
IHCC individuals — Munson 72-75-147, George Thrujillo 73-81-154, Colin Pearson 78-76-154, Jakob Garstecki 75-80-155, Greg Stanek 73-82-155, Harrison Moore 80-76-156.