GALESBURG — It wasn’t really too big of a surprise that Quincy came home with the Western Big Six boys golf title Monday, especially after it finished two strokes behind Alleman on Saturday at Bunker Links and nine ahead of Galesburg on the same course at the Galesburg Invite.
Still, most conference coaches had the Blue Devils with only an outside chance at the title over the other two coming into Monday’s conference meet.
But the Blue Devils, shooting a 307 among its top four scorers, exceeded expectations, winning by seven strokes over the Pioneers and Streaks, which both shot a 315 to finish in a tie for second.
Sophomore Blake Hayden led the Blue Devils, shooting a 76, good for a three-way tie for second with Alleman senior Dylan Cervantes and Moline senior Eric Spurgetis. Galesburg senior Noah Benbow took medalist honors, carding a 1-over par 72.
There was a three-way tie for fifth with Alleman sophomore Ryan Rochholz and Quincy juniors TJ Wensing and Jimmie Patterson each shooting a 77. All of the aforementioned players earn all-conference honors.
Quincy’s fourth scorer was Zach Cliatt, a senior, who shot a 78. The victory dethroned Alleman, which was trying to repeat for the first time in the school’s history.
Senior Jeff Perez tied for 8th with a 78; UT was led by Jayson Miner, who shot an 83.
Galesburg won the girls title behind senior Taylor Nesselroad, who shot a 74 to finish six strokes ahead of teammate Kristen Osborn, a sophomore. The Streaks had four of the top six finishers in the girls’ meet.
The highest local placer was Moline’s Sam Cramer, a junior, who shot a 96, finishing 10th. Alleman’s Alyssa Carpita was the next local finisher, carding a 106 to finish 12th.
Moline finished third with a 420, 93 strokes behind the champs but also well ahead of Rock Island (469) and Alleman (477). UT does not have a team.