Sometimes, you try your best and you don’t succeed. 

At least that is what Stewart Druin is trying to tell himself. 

The Mattoon senior was the Apollo medalist as a sophomore. He missed out on his junior year, but he was in prime position at Meadowview Golf Course at the Apollo Conference Championships. Stewart Druin shot 36 on the front nine and 39 on the back across the 6,450 -yard course. He birdied four holes – the par-3 165 third, the 475-yard par-5 fifth, the 350-yard par-4 ninth, and the 340-yard par-4 10th.

However, it came down to a playoff on the par-4 hole No. 1 where he lost to Leif Olson of Mahomet-Seymour to finish as the league runner-up. 

“I wouldn’t say I collapsed, and I also wouldn’t say I got beat,” said Druin. “Golf is one of the things where you can pour your heart out and do the best you can and not get what you deserve. I lipped out for birdie on 14,15,16 and lipped out for par on 17,18 so I’m going to take this as I couldn’t have played much better, but just got some really bad breaks and handled them as well as I could.”

The bad breaks stretched across the whole team as Mattoon led by three strokes with three holes to go, but the Bulldogs pulled out the victory to claim the Apollo title. 

Druin said he is hopeful that this loss fuels the Green Wave as the team prepares for the postseason with state aspirations remaining a goal. 

“When I get bad breaks in the postseason I’ll be ready,” said Druin. “On the team side of things, I do what I can to try to motivate our guys to work hard during practice but it simply comes down to who wants to play good and who doesn’t. Granted, we didn’t have our best day, but, still, we need to be able to come in with a decent score even on a bad day. Hopefully, these past couple of scores gives the guys some burn to go out and get it.”

Evan Diedrich had two birdies, 10 pars, and six bogeys for a 79 to tie for fourth place overall. Blain Powers tied for ninth with a score of 82.

Charleston’s Hudson Meister tied for sixth with a score of 81, while Alex Kuykendall tied for ninth to also receive All-Apollo honors.

The Trojans, who have four of their top-5 as either freshmen or sophomores, finished fifth as a team. 

Team Scores

  1. Mahomet-Seymour – 321
  2. Mattoon – 323
  3. Effingham – 338
  4. Mount Zion – 340
  5. Charleston – 345
  6. Lincoln – 396
  7. Taylorville – 463

Mattoon Scores

Stewart Druin-75; Evan Diedrich-79, Blain Powers-82, Madden Johnson-87, Will Pullen-89, Garrett Miller-90

Charleston Scores

Hudson Meister-81, Alex Kuykendall-82, Zach Craig-91, Andrew Kuykendall-91, Dylan Bell-96