SAVOY - For the second week in a row, downstate powers Rend Lake College and John
A. Logan College were in contention but could not prevent an upstart rival from escaping with the title in a Midwest golf tournament.
Rock Valley posted a four-player, 18-hole total of 300 Thursday to edge the hosts by two
strokes and win the 16-team Parkland Invitational over the University of Illinois “Orange” course. Logan and RLC were deadlocked another shot back at 303, with the Vols taking third
thanks to a tie-breaker fifth-man score.
In the fall opener, the 36-hole Lewis and Clark Invitational, surprise champion Danville Area beat runner-up Rend Lake College by four and third-place Logan by nine.
Medalist Josh Delamater showed the way for Rock Valley's winners with his three-under-par score of 69. The same as his team, Parkland's Cole Taylor was two back with his one-under 71.
Third at even-par 72 was Rend Lake College freshman Charlie Throgmorton of Paducah, KY (Heath High School). He roared home with an impressive 39-33–72 and left Patrick Ryan of College of DuPage fourth with his 72 due to a scorecard playoff. Parkland's Matt Former played the familiar layout in 73 strokes for fifth-place.
Throgmorton, 12th in the one-class Kentucky High School state finals as a senior, was
joined on Coach Dave Smith's "A" squad by veteran David Killion (Bloomington, IN / North) at 40-35--75, and three other newcomers. Brian Kuddes, third in the IHSA Class "AA" finals for Alton Senior, and John Major, eighth in Class "A" for Hillsboro, shot 39-39--78 and 41-37--78, respectively,
while Liverpool, England, native John Singleton continued to get better acquainted with American
courses by carding 43-37--80.
A wind which calmed down the last hour or so accounted for the general lowering of scores for many players on the back nine.
Rend Lake College "B" placed eighth overall at 315, behind fifth-place Kaskaskia at 309, sixth-
place Danville Area at 310 and Lincoln at 314.
Another Hillsboro freshman, Derek McCammack, led the RLC "B" squad with his 37-40--77,
followed closely by sophomore Blaith Belangee (Fairfield) with a 41-37--78. Checking in with 80s were
Benton freshman Corey Smith at 41-39 and West Frankfort sophomore Hank Roan at 38-42. Highland
freshman Kyle Gehrig did not figure in the scoring with a 48-43--91.
Sophomore Tucker Bradshaw, last fall’s Region XXIV medalist, led Logan with a 73, freshman Caleb Hughes and sophomore Ben Brumitt fired 75s, freshman Daniel Tomlin had a 78 and sophomore Sean McNemar had a 79.
Logan has advanced to the NJCAA Division II Championships each of the last two seasons as
Region XXIV kingpin after Rend Lake College had won eight Region XXIV titles in a row. Smith’s
Warriors finished in the Top 10 nationally each of those years, with a runner-up showing and third-
place finish to their credit.
"I think we are going to be a pretty good team," Smith said. "I just think we are giving away
some golf shots. We’re starting four freshmen; we want to see what they’ve got and hope they become
veterans by the end of the fall season."
Other scores Thursday in the Parkland Invite -- 9. (tie) College of DuPage and Southwestern
Illinois, 316; 11. Danville Area "B," 320; 12. Illinois Central, 326; 13. Illinois Valley, 327; 14. Parkland
"B," 329; 15. Springfield, 332; 16. Lewis and Clark, 333.
Many of the same teams, along with national contender Indian Hills, IA, return Saturday and
Sunday in the John A. Logan Invitational.