IVC swings in league tourney

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
IVC golfers Jarom Hutson, standing, and Mason Ely read the green at Arrowhead Country Club earlier this season. Hutson earned second place in conference tournament with a 77.

In two dual meets, the IVC varsity golf team fell short for losses, but performed well in the Corn Belt Conference tournament.

Prairie Central 166, IVC 176, Eureka 176

Against Corn Belt Conference foes Prairie Central and Eureka Monday, IVC tied with Eureka, but came up short against PC Sept. 29.

PC earned the win of the day with a 166.

Leading the pack for IVC was Jarom Hutson with a 36 after nine holes, just one stroke behind Eureka medalist Trevor Gold.

Mason Ely was next in after marking a 43 for the day and Issac Cain shot a 47.

Scoring last for IVC was John Seele with an even 50.

Matt Stoecker was close behind with a 51 and Seele rounded out for the Grey Ghosts with a 55.

The IVC junior varsity squad outshot the Eureka JV team, 198-236.

East Peoria 148, IVC 175

Back at Arrowhead Sept. 30, IVC fell in a non-league dual with East Peoria, 148-175 Sept. 30.

Hutson and Ely were the two Grey Ghosts to mark scores under 40.

Ely led IVC with a 38 and Hutson was right behind with a 39. Shooting 49s were Cain and Brabant.

Stoecker marked a 51 after nine and Kaylie McCullough scored a 55 for the day.

The IVC JV squad fell, 186-199, with Seele leading the pack with a 48.

 Corn Belt Tourney

Hutson had a good outing at the Corn Belt Conference tournament to say the least. After marking a 77 for the day, Hutson earned second-place overall for the day. 

“(Hutson) really played well. The conditions were absolutely brutal,” coach Jim Thornton said.

Only one double bogey for the day set Hutson back.

“Other than that he was pretty solid all day,” Thornton said.

The IVC boys team finished with a 372 for seventh out of the eight competing teams in its first year in the league. The tourney took place at the par-72 Railside Golf Club in Gibson City.

Ely was next in for IVC with a 91 and Stoecker finished with a 101 and Damon Clay marked a 103.

Bloomington Central Catholic took the win with a 321.

Competing for the girls IVC team, McCullough had a 107 after 18 holes and Ellen Carpenter closed the day out with a 109.

“It was tough for the boys and the girls,” Thornton said.

Thornton said wind speeds were reaching 30 mph and the wind chill dipped below 30 degrees.

Results from the boys and girls regional match Tuesday and Wednesday were not available before production deadline.

The boys were assigned to play Gibson Woods in Monmouth Tuesday and the girls were slated for Chapel Hill Golf Course in Princeton Wednesday.

“We’ve played (Gibson Woods) already this year so all of our guys have seen that and played there,” Thornton said.

McCullough and Carpenter each played Chapel Hill in a tournament this year.

McCullough has qualified for sectionals the past two years.