A long first week of the season for the Pekin boys golf team is finally in the home stretch.

The Dragons will play Saturday at the Quincy Invitational following three home matches in four days at Lick Creek.

Pekin (168) lost only to Normal Community (164) on Thursday but beat Morton (177) and Normal West (179) in a four-team match. The Dragons also played Monday and Wednesday.

“We didn’t do much on our off-day Tuesday. Just some chipping and putting,” said Pekin coach Jeremy Crouch. “It’s a long week. Our match Monday was 18 holes and the Quincy Invitational is 18 holes.”

What did the Dragons do Friday on their off day? They played a practice round at Westview Golf Course, site of the Quincy Invitational.

Mason Minkel led the way Thursday for Pekin with par-36 at Lick Creek.

Cooper Theleritis (41) and Justin Taphorn (44) also scored for Pekin, as did Jon Kuethe (47) and Braden Shane (47). Brady Hilst (48) also played for the Dragons.

“Mason (Minkel) was solid as usual,” Crouch said. “He bogeyed No. 8, but bounced back with a birdie at No. 9.”

Crouch said Theleritis was happy with his round after struggling to start the season.

Pekin’s win over Morton will not count in the Mid-Illini Conference standings. Their conference match will be next week at Pine Lakes.

“That match will be more meaningful (than Thursday),” Crouch said.

Pekin’s five-golfer team for the Quincy Invitational was expected to be Minkel, Theleritis, Taphorn, Hilst and Ethan Sullivan. Shane was expected to play in the tournament as an individual.

LIGHTING ROUND: If the scores shot Thursday at the Pekin-Peoria Richwoods girls golf match look a little strange, there’s a reason for it.

Because of lightning delays at Lick Creek, the match was reduced from nine to six holes.

Led by medalist Summer Dick, Pekin won 154-191.

Dick had a 32, which was 6-over par for the six holes she played. Jaden Rogers (37), Madison Raines (42) and Sarah Butler (43) also scored for the Dragons.

Because of a boys match also being played at Lick Creek, Dick started her round on the fourth hole. 

“Summer and Jaden (Rogers) were playing well when the match was stopped,” said Pekin coach Chris Neville. “It was good to see our whole team improve from Tuesday’s match. We could have realistically projected a nine-hole score of about 225 (Thursday).”

Like Pekin (1-1), Richwoods has only four golfers on its roster so all four score in a match.

McKenna Myers (42), Aditi Tripathi (43), Brooklin Bishop (52) and Parker Brown (54) scored for Richwoods.

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