Golf Swings Into the Fall Season

COUGARS SECOND IN OPENING EVENT

The ICC men’s golf team opened the fall season with a second-place finish in the 10-team Duane Chanay Invitational hosted by Black Hawk College at Byron Hills Golf Club. The Cougars fired a four-man total of 296, six behind BHC’s winning score of 290.

Sophomore Seth Rebbe (Petersburg) led ICC with a 1-under-par 70 which was good for third place in the event. Jordan Perry (Lincoln) added a 74, Chase Picken (Manito) a 75, Michael Greenan (Peoria) a 77 and Lucas Munter (Metamora) a 78. Richwoods grad Cole Brown had an 86 playing as an individual. ICC, which returns three players from the team that finished sixth nationally a year ago, continued the fall portion of its season at the IVCC Classic September 23-24 in LaSalle followed the M-WAC Conference Championship in Lincoln on the 25th. The Cougars will round out the season by participating in the Illinois-Springfield Invitational Oct 1-2 and the inaugural ICC-Bradley Challenge Cup Oct. 9-10.

REBBE FINISHES SECOND AT IVCC CLASSIC

Sophomore Seth Rebbe (Petersburg) fired a two-day total of 3-under par 140 to finish second by stroke in the 15-team Illinois Valley Community College Classic played at Deer Park Golf Club and Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Course. It was the third consecutive event in which Rebbe has been low man for ICC.

Rebbe led after day one of the two-day event with a 3-under 68 at Deer Park GC. His teammates put together an impressive 291 first-day total to lead by three after the first round of play. Jordan Perry (Lincoln) added 73 on the first day of play, Chase Picken (Manito)  a 74 and Lucas Munter (Metamora) a 75 as the Cougars put together their best round of the young season.

As well as ICC played on day one, the Cougars struggled on day two. ICC could do not better than a 308 aggregate at Oak Ridge. Rebbe had a 72, Munter a 77. Perry a 79 with Jake Plummer (east Peoria) shooting an 80 and Picken an 82. Michael Greenan (Peoria), playing as an individual, shot rounds 78-88. The College of DuPage, 11 shots of the out lead after day one, charged to the tournament title with an impressive second round of 5-under 283 and two day score of 585. ICC finish fourth at 599.

“Kudos to DuPage,” ICC coach Bo Ryan said. “With a final round of that magnitude, they deserve the victory. For us, we need to value each and every shot. We hit four balls into the water on our final three holes. You can’t do that if you expect to challenge for tournament titles.”

ICC HOLDS OFF PARKLAND TO WIN M-WAC CONFERENCE TITLE

Illinois Central College withstood a a second-round charge by defending champion Parkland to claim the M-WAC Conference Championship at Lincoln Elks Golf Club. It was the fourth conference title in the last six years for the Cougars.

In a unique format of three two-man teams per school that features 9-holes of scramble play, 9 of alternate shot, 9 of best ball and 9 of medal, ICC totaled 341, Parkland 345, Lincoln 357 with Lewis & Clark finishing at 386. ICC took the lead after the morning round with a scramble score of 56 and an alternate number of 71. The 127 total was six better than Parkland, but the defending champions came at the Cougars with everything they had in the afternoon round with an outstanding score of 61 in the best-ball portion to forge into a tie at 194 after three nines. Paced by Jake Plummer’s 3-under 33 on the final nine along with Seth Rebbe’s 34, ICC put together a 147 total in the last nine-hole format to claim its winning margin. Jake Plummer was named to the 5-man all-conference team.

“Can’t say enough about this win. Parkland gave us all we could handle and then some,” ICC coach Bo Ryan said. “Our 147 total came in the final nine holes of a 72-hole weekend. I wasn’t sure how the team was  physically or mentally, particularly with Parkland charging. Congrats to these young men in answering the challenge in front of them.”