The Ledges Invitational isn’t dead yet, but it’s getting close. The tourney, which began in 1966, has been canceled the last two years. Only 13 golfers signed up this year, with four more saying they might play before the plug was pulled. Tournament manager Rich Rosenstiel said the course did $8,800 worth of business that weekend instead of only the $780 it would have made if the course had been closed for 17 golfers.
Rosenstiel said he’d like to explore combining the Atwood and Ledges tourneys, with one round at each course, but won’t do that next year because it's the Atwood Classic’s 50th anniversary. The Forest Preserve’s third annual tourney is the County Am at Macktown. “Ideally, the Forest Preserve would have one tournament that allows people to play all three courses, but that is really difficult,” Rosenstiel said. “You either have to play Friday, Saturday and Sunday or tie up two weekends.”
Dofflemyer wins GOTY
Robert Dofflemyer earned 25 points for winning his second Men’s City title by five strokes to win our annual Golfer of the Year competition. Players earn double points in the Men’s City. Brian Silvers had led the standings all year, but fell to third after going scoreless in the Men’s City. Jamie Hogan finished second with 44.5 points to Silvers’ 44 and 41.5 for Cody Rhymer.
The top 16 finishers are guaranteed an invitation to next year’s Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Match Play Invitational. Rounding out the top 16 are: Jeff Holmgaard (26.5), TJ Baker (21), Justin Christiansen (19), Matt LaMarca (18), Garrett Ralston (15.5), Kyle Slechta (15), Mick Hockinson (13.5), Andrew Canfield (13), Adam Tobias (12.5), Thomas Brennan (11.5), Matt Marinaro (11.5) and Jason Wombacher and Eric Burch (9 each). Thirteen golfers finished between 8.5 and 5 points.
City boys, girls champs
Boylan senior TJ Baker shot 5-under-par 137 at Ingersoll last week to win the Boys Junior Classic title. He had a first-round 66 and his cousin, Belvidere North senior Bennett Baker, had the second day's low round with a 69 to finished fourth at 144. Auburn senior Adam Kuhar was second at 1-under 141 and Rockford Christian senior Owen Hultman third at 142.
Boylan freshman Ella Greenberg shot 72-73—145 to win the girls title over reigning Women's City champ Katelyn Sayyalinh by three strokes in record fashion. The old record for the girls was a 73 by Madasyn Pettersen in 2012 and Kara Soderberg in 1993. Both later became state high school champs.
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