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Roach wins summer golf league’s A Flight

Ian Roach of Putnam County High School (center) was the champion of the A Flight (boys) at the Illinois Valley High School Summer Golf League held at Senica's Oak Ridge Golf Club. Nathan Rodriguez of LaSalle-Peru (left) was in second place while John Potthoff of St. Bede (right) was third place.
Ian Roach of Putnam County High School (center) was the champion of the A Flight (boys) at the Illinois Valley High School Summer Golf League held at Senica's Oak Ridge Golf Club. Nathan Rodriguez of LaSalle-Peru (left) was in second place while John Potthoff of St. Bede (right) was third place.

SENICA — Ian Roach of Putnam County High School won the A Flight in the inaugural Illinois Valley High School Summer Golf League.

He birdied the final hole to capture the title by one stroke over Nathan Rodriguez of LaSalle-Peru High School.

John Potthoff of St. Bede won a three-way sudden death playoff for third place.

The six-week summer league consisted of 30 area high school golfers, all competing as individuals rather than a team competition.

Golfers played six nine-hole round at six different courses, including Edgewood Park, Pine Hills, Mendota, Spring Creek, Senica’s Deer Park and Senica’s Oak Ridge.

Each golfer’s best four scores out of six rounds were counted.

“This is a great way for high school golfers to get as good dose of competitive exposure in a low-pressure atmosphere,” said league-creator and director Mason Kimberley, head golf coach at Hall High School. “All the kids had a lot of fun being able to compete against other players that were purely local, and if this league has shown us anything, it’s that there are a lot of talented players in our area.”

Jake Zeman of LaSalle-Peru won the AA Boys Flight with Dylan Gross of Princeton second and Austyn Briddick of Princeton third.

Georgia Kapetaneas of LaSalle-Peru won the Girls Flight with Emily Hartman of Princeton second and Katie Stoneking of LaSalle-Peru third.

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