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State golf: Eastland's Hartman ties for 24th, holds head high

Fellow Cougar Freidag, Rock Falls' Nehrkorn, Oregon's Gardner also compete

Devin Hartman ended the second day of the Class A state golf tournament where he began Saturday, but left no regrets on the course.

Hartman, a senior at Eastland, tied for 24th with a 16-over-par 160 at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington, while Oregon senior Ben Gardner shot a 22-over-par 166 to tie for 45th.

Hartman followed his first-round 79 with an 81 on Saturday. He had two birdies, eight bogeys and a triple-bogey in his round, and again started strong with a 1-over-par on his first nine. But he said he lost confidence in his irons as the conditions got worse as the day went on.

“I left one hang out that I shouldn’t have, and it got in my head a little bit,” said Hartman, whose first round was derailed with a short missed putt late. “I forgot all about Friday’s finish, and the back nine there sets up nice for me, but it doesn’t sit too well when you play so good on your first nine and can’t close it out.

“But a lot of guys would kill to finish tied for 15th and tied for 24th at the state meet their last 2 years in high school, and even though it stings right now, I’m going to look back and realize I did pretty well. I’m proud of what I’ve done.”

Gardner followed up Friday’s 80 with an 86, including a pair of triple-bogeys on the front nine. He sandwiched the second triple between two birdies, and shot bogey or better on eight holes in the back nine.

Stockton senior Trey Timpe won the individual title, following Friday’s even-par 72 with a 1-over 73. He birdied four holes on the front nine to go with three bogeys, and had seven pars and two bogeys on the back. His 2-day total of 145 was one shot better than Eureka’s Trevor Gold.

El Paso-Gridley took the team title with a 647, finishing 71-over par and beating runner-up North Shore Country Day by nine strokes.

The area was also represented at the Class A girls state tournament at Red Tail Run in Decatur, with Eastland senior Kori Freidag tying for 52nd with a 40-over-par 184, and Rock Falls senior Kara Nehrkorn tying for 56th, one stroke behind.

Freidag carded one birdie and five pars, and was 1-over par in her last six holes. Her 93 was two shots higher than her first-round 91, but she ended up in the same spot overall.

Nehrkorn’s 89 was seven shots better than her Friday score, and moved her up 17 positions on the leaderboard. She had a birdie and six pars, and closed her round 1-over par in her final four holes.

Charleston freshman Lauren Chappell fired a 2-day total of 3-under-par 141 to win the title by five strokes. Nashville took the team title with a 664 (88-over par).

Final scores

2A Boys

Trevor Sisson, Sterling, 162

Andrew Tichler, RF, 164

Kyle Sinn, Sterling, 165

Ryan Hurley, Sterling, 169

Zach Rehmert, Sterling, 170

Ryan Dixon, Dixon, 172

Austin Cook, Sterling, 174

Lucas Campbell, Sterling, 180

1A Boys

Devin Hartman, Eastland, 160

Ben Gardner, Oregon, 166

A Girls

Kori Freidag, Eastland, 184

Kara Nehrkorn, RF, 185

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