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IV Women’s Invite tees off Aug. 13 at Spring Creek

Down the Fairway

The 59th annual Illinois Valley Women’s Golf Invitational returns to Spring Creek Golf Course Sunday, Aug. 13, for the first time in six years in the event’s rotating basis.

Ladies from Spring Creek, Chapel Hill, Green River, Hidden Lake, Oak Ridge and Edgewood are among area clubs to be invited.

Cheri Russell of Morris is the defending champion. Newcomer Prophet Hills (Prophetstown) won the 2016 low gross team title at Oak Ridge.

Entry fee is $65, which includes a practice round, tournament green/cart fees and lunch/appetizers. Golfers may call the pro shop at 815-894-2137 for tee time for practice round.

• IV Summer League: The finale of the inaugural Illinois Valley High School Summer Golf League was held at Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club Wednesday, Aug. 2. The six-week summer league consisted of 30 area high school golfers, all competing as individuals rather than a team competition.

Golfers played six 9-hole rounds at six different area courses, including Edgewood Park, Pine Hills, Mendota, Spring Creek, Senica’s Deer Park and Senica’s Oak Ridge. Each golfer’s four best scores out of the six rounds were counted.

“This is a great way for high school golfers to get a 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.”

Ian Roach of Putnam County birdied his final hole to capture the A Flight title by 1 stroke over Nathan Rodriguez of LaSalle-Peru.

Other flight winners were Jake Zemann of LaSalle-Peru (AA flight) and Georgia Kapetaneas of LaSalle-Peru (Girls Flight).

• SVWC outing: The Spring Valley Walleye Club golf outing will be Saturday, Aug. 12, at Spring Creek. There will be a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. for the four-man best ball event. Entry fee is $75 per golfer, including golf and fried walleye and Rip’s chicken lunch. Entry forms are available on the club website at www.spring-valley-walleye.org. For more information, call Bill Guerrini at 815-663-6141.

• IVCH outing: The IVCH Foundation Golf Scramble will tee off at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club in LaSalle.

The event’s $125 entry fee includes lunch, dinner, green fees, golf cart, refreshments and a sponsored tee gift. Registration information is available by clicking on the golf scramble billboard on the home page at ivch.org.

Corporate sponsorships are also available. For details, call Jheri Emmerling, Foundation secretary, at 815-780-4642, or Brad Reach, IVCH chief financial officer and head of the committee planning the golf outing, at 815-780-3574.

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