BLOOMINGTON — Through most of the day Friday, the Sullivan boys golf team was leading the Class 1A state tournament. Senior Redskins golfer Caden Ellis was also in contention for the individual medalist crown.
Unfortunately, none of that will matter as the IHSA announced Friday that the scores from the first round of play at the Class 1A, 2A and 3A tournaments would not be used because of the worsening weather conditions.
The tournaments' only round will be held Saturday.
At Prairie Vista Golf Course where the 1A tournament was being held, snow was accumulating on the greens.
"The putts were collecting snow as it rolled," Sullivan coach Ben Richter said. "It was snowballing when you were rolling a put and then stopping five feet later.
"It was a good decision because it was tough playing out here. We shouldn’t have kept playing the way that it was going."
At the time of cancellation the Redskins were in third place as a team at 19-over par, two shots behind Hillsboro (plus-17) and three behind leader Port Byron Riverdale (plus-16).
The Sullivan golfers completed nine for their 18 holes when play was suspended and the IHSA decided to abandon the first day rounds instead of continuing them on Saturday.
"In a perfect world we could have shotgun started at 8 a.m. and then continued the round but if we start at noon tomorrow with a fresh 18, I’m not sure we could get that in. They would be flirting with disaster if they could get that in. I understand their decision; it is just disappointing," Richter said.
Ellis birdied hole No. 4 before struggling on hole No. 7 as the weather worsened.
"Caden started out really well. His last two holes were tough because of the snow," Richter said. "Before the snow he was even, which is awesome for the conditions because it was raining before the snow.
The boys tournaments will now be settled on a single day of 18-hole play on Saturday and Sullivan will try to learn from its experience Friday.
"They have faced some adversity this past week with not having our best round at sectionals and coming out here today and playing through this junk and doing pretty well and they know with good conditions on a good day they can hang with everybody," Richter said. "Tonight we are going back to the hotel to warm up and dry off. They are confident and they know that they are right there with everybody else and they will have a fresh start tomorrow.