There was good news and bad news Monday involving the Pekin golf teams.
First, the good news.
The Pekin girls team beat visiting Mid-Illini Conference rival Limestone 228-232 on the front nine at Lick Creek. It was the first dual match victory of the season for the young Lady Dragons (1-11, 1-6) and it came in their last dual match of the year.
“Finally!,”said Pekin coach Chris Neville.
Now, the bad news.
Limestone stunned the visiting Pekin boys team 168-169 on the front nine at Coyote Creek, making it just about impossible for the Dragons to win the Mid-Illini championship.
Morton (7-0) went undefeated in conference duals in its quest for a third straight conference title. Pekin (5-2) must win the conference tournament Thursday at Wee-Ma-Tuk and hope Morton finishes no better than third place to dethrone the Potters.
The Pekin girls team shot its best nine-hole score of the season at Lick Creek in its win over Limestone and sophomore Summer Dick led the way with a career-best 50. It was the first time in her career that she was a medalist.
“Summer’s score could have been even better but she had a bulky putter,” Neville said. “She had 25 putts. Her putting average for nine holes is 21, so that tells me she hit the ball well from tee to green.”
Pekin’s Megan Nelson started with an 8 on each of the first two holes, but she rallied to finish with 55. Madison Raines (58) and Kaytlin Elliott (65) also scored for the Lady Dragons.
Limestone’s Kaylee O’Donnell shot 54. Kelly Bredernitz (55), Tory Christiansen (59) and Haley Pardieck (64) also scored for the Lady Rockets.
“This was a good win,” Neville said. “The girls needed it to give them a boost going into the conference tournament. Hopefully a couple days of practice will yield even more improvement.”
The conference tournament will be Thursday at Lick Creek.
The Pekin boys team had an inopportune off-day at Coyote Creek. Carter Taphorn (41), Lance Hays (42), Mason Ghidina (43) and Jacob Hill (43) scored for the Dragons.
Nate Hines (2-over-par 38), Joe Opper (41), Josh May (44) and Brock Kumlander (45) scored for Limestone.