Charleston’s Cade Landrus tees off on No. 17 on Friday.

Mattoon sophomore Blaine Powers fired a 78 to lead the Green Wave to a second-place finish in the 11-team Stan Adkins Charleston boys golf invitational at Charleston Country Club on Friday afternoon – a precursor to Monday’s Apollo Conference tourney.

Mattoon came within a stroke of winning its fourth invitational of the season, finishing behind St. Anthony, which tallied 322 strokes. The Green Wave had finished ahead of the Bulldogs in Monday’s St. Anthony Match-Play event.

Charleston finished fourth Friday, playing without two players who have been quarantined.

Blaine Powers tees off on the par-3 17th hole.

Mattoon finished ahead of the three other Apollo Conference teams, and is the favorite heading into Monday. The team’s top four players continue to post team scores in the 320s, which no other Apollo team has matched.

Powers took fourth overall while teammate Meade Johnson shot 81 for seventh. Stewart Druin and Colton Romine each carded 82s to tie for eighth.

“Winning the conference tournament has been a goal for these guys since the beginning of the season,” Mattoon coach Bill Behrends said, “and I think we should have a lot of confidence based on our recent performances.  As long as we can play loose and have fun, we should do well.”

Charleston’s Pierson Smith and Josh Will each shot 82s to tie for eighth overall while Preston Phillips carded an 88 and Jaksen Braun had a 91.

“Overall, we played average and a couple of our golfers stepped up to the challenge,” Charleston coach Scott Dow said. “Today showed us that we need to relax and play better if we’re going to compete at conference.”

TEAM SCORES

School Strokes
St. Anthony322
Mattoon323
Sullivan332
Charleston 343
Paris 347
Mt. Zion348
Lawrenceville348
Monticello354
Effingham368
Richland371
Bement420

INDIVIDUAL TOP 10

PlPlayerSchool
1Brent HansenMt. Zion76
2Jon WillenborgSt. Anthony77
2Thomas ChojnickiSt. Anthony77
4Blaine PowersMattoon78
5Garrett HulfachorLawrenceville79
5Logan WestjohnSullivan79
7Meade JohnsonMattoon81
8Stewart DruinMattoon82
8Colton RomineMattoon82
8Luke Bradley Paris82
8Josh WillCharleston82
8Pierson SmithCharleston82
8Chance WesterfieldParis82
8Leyton Ellis Sullivan82