NORMAL - Kris Heller got his top-10 finish.
The Mattoon senior, playing in his third Class 2A State Boys Golf Tournament, turned around a rough outing on Friday for a six-stroke improvement on Saturday and finished tied for seventh place at Weibring Golf Club in Normal.
"The neat thing about all this is how hard he's worked to get here. This has always been his goal," Mattoon coach Bob Lockart said of Heller, who had a 79 on Day 1 and a 2-over 73 Saturday for a 152.
"I know in his mind, finishing in the top 10 and being named all-state is just incredible to him."
Heller opened Saturday's round on the back nine and birdied holes 10 and 13 while hitting par on 12 other holes.
"Even with how unbelievably tough the conditions were this weekend - how windy it was, he didn't have anything higher than bogey for the two days," Lockart said.
Heller's seventh place surpassed his brother Nick's 11th place in 2008 as the best state finish in Mattoon school history.
"That just goes to show the quality of golf we've produced over the years," Lockart said.
Marion's Jaret Brewer beat Luke Waggoner of Woodstock Marian in a one-hole playoff for first place.
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Monticello senior Drew Heffley tied for 15th place, shooting a 78 on Saturday for a 155 final score. He birdied the par-3 11th. Anthony Lechman of Effingham tied for 50th, shooting 166 over the two days.
Belleville Althoff (624) was 14 strokes better than Aurora Marmion for first place in the team field.
Two area golfers got top 15 finishes at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington.
Vandalia junior Blake Swofford tied for 12th place with a 159 and LSA freshman Hunter York had 160 to tie for 15th place.
Austin Sproles of Tri-Valley topped Bismarck-Henning's Andy Bott in a one-hole playoff for top medalist.
Sullivan senior Patrick Miller shot a two-day 173 to tie for 62nd.
Across the team field, senior Zach Bradshaw's 165 led Effingham St. Anthony (683) to sixth place and Casey-Westfield senior Avery Murphy shot a 169 as the Warriors (701) placed 11th.
North Shore Country Day took first with a 645, three strokes better than Bismarck-Henning.