At Weibring Golf Course in Normal, the Class 2A state tournament unfolded on Friday and Saturday.
The Marquette Catholic Explorers found themselves with an uncharacteristic day on Friday, shooting 328 and sitting in 10th place. They recovered some by carding a 319 on Saturday for a two-day score of 647 to tie for seventh place. The Explorers also finished in seventh at the 2A state tournament in 2015.
Normal University (624) won the 2A state title, while Aurora (Marmion Academy) (630) was second and Vernon Hills (634) was third to also secure trophies.
Marquette had a trophy-or-bust attitude entering state, so there was disappointment, but head coach Pat Moore couldn't complain too much when putting the season in perspective.
“We played a little bit better today, but it's still one of our higher scores for the year,” Moore said. “But coming back and shooting better the second day is what you always want out of your team.
“I'm very proud of the guys and how they handled themselves, especially these three seniors. These last four years have been pretty awesome. It's been great having them for sure.”
Sophomore Kolten Bauer led the Explorers over the two days. He shot two rounds of 79 to finish with a 158, which was good for a tie for 32nd overall individually.
The rest of the scoring lineup for Marquette came from its three seniors, Nick Messinger (161), Duncan McLain (167) and Michael Holtz (167). Jack Patterson (169) and Sam Cogan (174) also competed for the Explorers at state.
“It kind of stinks not finishing how we wanted to, not falling apart, but just not playing the way we know we can at big time of the year. All in all it was a great year and a lot of fun,” said Messinger, who saw Marquette win a regional and sectional championship in the postseason.