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Ian Roach, Ben Cyr qualify for state; Ali Ciucci barely misses

Putnam County golf roundup

Putnam County's Ali Ciucci hits out of a sand trap at the St. Bede 1A girls golf sectional Oct. 14 at Spring Creek Golf Course. Ciucci shot a 91 and did not advance.
Putnam County's Ali Ciucci hits out of a sand trap at the St. Bede 1A girls golf sectional Oct. 14 at Spring Creek Golf Course. Ciucci shot a 91 and did not advance.

At the Freeport Aquin Sectional, held Oct. 14 at Park Hills West Golf Course, Putnam County’s Ian Roach was the second individual qualifier, shooting a 76, while Ben Cyr of Putnam County was the eighth at 83.

Winnebago senior Marcus Smith was sectional medalist with a 69.

Port Byron Riverdale was crowned sectional champion, edging Winnetka Country Day North by one stroke, 336-337.

Girls golf sectional

When Putnam County senior Ali Ciucci and the rest of her foursome were done tallying their scores, there was only one thing for Ciucci to do in the St. Bede 1A girls golf sectional Oct. 14 at Spring Creek Golf Course. Wait.

One more group still had to come off the course for Ciucci to find out if her 91 was enough to earn her a berth in the state tournament.

Unfortunately for Ciucci, the final scores pushed her out of contention for state, as the cutoff to qualify was an 89. “It’s frustrating and nerve-racking,” Ciucci said about the wait. “Even though I didn’t make it, I’m still happy with what I shot. I know I worked hard and should be proud.”

Ciucci had the best score among area golfers at the sectional.

“My round was OK today,” Ciucci said. “I had some holes where I goofed up. On a couple of the par 3s, I tripled them. Other than that, my short game was pretty good today. I was pretty consistent with that.”

PC freshman Gracie Ciucci ended her first high school season with a 106.

Normal University won the team title with a 321 led by individual medalist Reagan Kennedy, a freshman who shot a 71.

Bloomington Central Catholic (346) and Kewanee (383) also advanced to state as a team.

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