MATTOON – Marquette Catholic's boys golf team has been on a mission throughout the season.
That mission comes to a close this weekend in Normal.
The Explorers got an even-par 72 from senior Michael Holtz as the Explorers went on to win the IHSA Class 2A Mattoon Sectional Tuesday at the par-72, 6,690-yard Mattoon Golf and Country Club course, easily taking the championship with a team 310, 22 strokes better than runner-up Benton, who fired a 322. The host Green Wave finished third with a 345.
The top three teams and top 10 golfers from non-qualifying teams advanced to this weekend's IHSA Class 2A state tournament at Illinois State's D.A. Weibring Golf Club in Normal.
Metropolis Massac County took fourth with a 347, next-door Charleston was fifth at 348 and Columbia was sixth at 350; Salem and Breese Mater Dei (356), Herrin (357), Highland (360), Effingham (370) and Triad (381) rounded out the field.
Besides Holtz's 72, Nick Messinger turned in a 4-over 76 for the Explorers, followed by a 7-over 79 for Jack Patterson and a 11-over 83 for Kolten Bauer to round out the scoring for Marquette. Duncan McLain also fired a 19-over 91 and Sam Cogan had a 33-over 105 for the Explorers on the day.
This weekend's state tournament is a two-day, 36-hole event.