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2019 IESA Golf State Tournament Tees Off Saturday in Peoria

Students from 76 Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) member schools will compete in the 9th annual IESA Golf State Tournament at Kellogg Golf Course in Peoria on Saturday, September 14. This will mark the seventh year that the 27 hole layout at Kellogg has hosted the IESA State Tournament. There will be over 150 students who will compete in the event on Saturday. A complete list of the individuals, participating schools, and tee times is located on the IESA website at the following link:

https://www.iesa.org/activities/go/times_State.asp?Year=2019

The first tee time on Saturday is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. for the girls and 9:00 a.m. for the boys.

The state finals will consist of a girls division and a boys division. All participants will compete in one 18 hole round of golf. The girls will play the Executive 9 and nine holes of the championship 18. The boys will play the championship 18. The Peoria Park District assists in the administration of the tournament.

In conjunction with the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Park District sponsors a reception for the golfers on Friday, September 13 from 5-7 p.m. at the Learning Center across the street from Kellogg Golf Course. Schools need to register for the event and they will need to RSVP to Peyton LaValley (salesintern@peoria.org) by 12 noon on Thursday if they want to attend the Friday reception. Pizza is available to the golfers as well as use of the driving range.

The sectional qualifying tournaments were held on Wednesday, September 4 at nine different sites across the state. This is the sixth year that the boys and the fifth year that the girls advanced to the finals as a result of sectional tournaments. A total of 123 schools participated at the sectional level.

The boys competed in their sectional qualifier on Wednesday, September 5 at six different sites. Sectional A was held at Ingersoll Golf Course in Rockford; Sectional B was held at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington; Sectional C was held at Quail Meadows in East Peoria; Sectional D was held at The Links In Jacksonville; Sectional E was held at the Pontiac Elks Course in Pontiac; and Sectional F was held at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Paris. The number of golfers who qualified for the state final from each sectional varied slightly. Sectional A had 15 state qualifiers; Sectional B had 10 qualifiers; Sectional C had 14 qualifiers; Sectional D had 15 qualifiers; Sectional E had 18 qualifiers; and Sectional F had 9 qualifiers. The number of qualifiers from each sectional varies due to the number of golfer who participate at each sectional site. Also, there were some golfers who qualified for the finals but will not be competing a the state finals so it is possible that the qualifiers listed do not match the listing of actual competitors. Results from all six boys sectionals are located at this link:

https://www.iesa.org/activities/go/results_Sectional.asp?Year=2019&Gender=Boys

There is only one boy who finished in the top 10 last year who is returning this year. Luke Kruger from Arlington Heights South placed 10th last year as a 7th grader and will be looking to take home top honors this year. However, Kruger placed 3rd at his sectional. A 7th grader, Drew Schauenberg, from Barrington Station shot a blistering 67 at Ingersoll to take home medalist honors at that sectional.

Three courses served as sectional hosts on September 5 for the girls ---Sectional A was held at Pheasant Run in St. Charles; Sectional B was held at Madison Golf Course in Peoria; and Sectional C was played at Lincoln Greens in Springfield. There were 27 state qualifiers from Sectional A; 26 qualifiers from Sectional B; and 23 qualifiers from Sectional C. Results from all three girls sectionals are located at this link:

https://www.iesa.org/activities/go/results_Sectional.asp?Year=2019&Gender=Girls

There are three girls who finished in the top 10 last year who are returning to the finals this year. Reese Kite is a 7th grader at Waterloo and placed 6th last year as a 6th grader when she shot a 79 at Kellogg. Ihneralayze Gerongay, an 8th grader who attends Metcalf School in Normal placed 8th last year as a 7th grader with an 83 and returns this year hoping to better that finish. Megan Fiorini from Rock Falls tied for 9th last year as a 7th grader firing an 84. She will be looking to improve on that finish this year as an 8th grader.

Live scoring will be available on the IESA website as the rounds are being played and a complete hole by hole listing will be posted on the website at the conclusion of the day. The awards ceremony will take place after the last golfers have completed their round. Individual awards will be given during the ceremony, with the top 10 finishers in each division receiving medals.

Complete tournament information is located at www.iesa.org. Click on the Golf link at the top of the IESA home page. Also, the IESA Fanzone available on the IESA home page can provide additional information.

There will be no admission or parking charge at the tournament.

Should weather become a factor, the IESA website will contain up-to-date information regarding the completion of the tournament. Go to www.iesa.org for any changes to the schedule and for the final results which will be posted at the conclusion of the awards ceremony.

For more information, please contact the Golf Administrator Chris Frasco at 309-829-0114 or chris@iesa.org.



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