Meade Johnson and Stewart Druin battled windy conditions to each fire 79s to tie for medalist honors and lead Mattoon to the Mt. Zion Cup Invitational boys golf title Friday.
The Green Wave needed only 332 strokes among its top four golfers, nine strokes ahead of runner-up Mt. Zion. Charleston, led by Pierson Smith’s 84, tallied 349 strokes, one ahead of Sullivan for third place among nine teams at Decatur’s Southside Country Club.
Colton Romine also carded an 84, followed by Blaine Powers with 90 to complete Mattoon’s team scoring.
In a five-way tie for first, Johnson was awarded third and Stewart fourth after a scorecard playoff. Colton finished in 10th place.
“Difficult conditions today: windy with firm, fast greens,” Mattoon coach Bill Behrends said. “The kids showed a lot of resilience and perseverance. It would have been easy to fold, but they battled through the conditions. I like the competitiveness that I saw in them.”
Jackson Becker finished a stroke behind Smith at 85 for Charleston and teammate Preston Phillips was another stroke back. Both Peyton Daughtery and Josh Will carded 94s. Logan Beals had a 99.
Charleston coach Scott Dow said tough pin placements added to the challenging conditions.
“It really tested their mental game,” Dow said. “Everyone in the field had bad holes and just had to overcome it.”
Other Mattoon scores: James Shamdin 91, Evan Diedrich 97.