St. Bede junior Jake Delaney finished strong on the first day of the IHSA Class 1A State Golf Tournament on Friday at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington.
After recording four straight bogeys, Delaney finished with three pars and a birdie to finish with a 7-over-par 79 to make the cut for Saturday’s final round.
“It was up and down,” Delaney said about his round. “I had a good start and a solid back nine where I started. I had a stretch of rough holes on my second nine, but I finished 1-under the last four with a birdie on my 18th hole so it was a great way to finish.
“I started putting well again (on the final four). I wasn’t putting well and had four bogeys in a row. I started putting really well again. I made a lot of good par saves by chipping well around the greens. I started striking the ball well.”
Delaney, who is tied for 33rd, started his round with a birdie on No. 10 and carded a 40 on his first nine. He shot a 39 on the front nine.
“He was hitting the ball well today,” St. Bede coach Rich Cummings said. “His ball striking, especially through the first nine holes, was right on. He had a couple bad breaks, but he got his focus back and finished real strong.”
Delaney will tee off at 9:24 a.m. on Saturday.
“It’s great to be in the tournament at all,” Delaney said. “It’s awesome to play well enough to play another day.
“I’m just taking it all in. If I play well (Saturday), I play well. If I don’t, it was a really solid season. I always want to play well and I’ll give it all I’ve got.”
Fieldcrest junior Lucas Bernardi carded a 91.
IVCC sits in second place after the first two rounds of the NJCAA National Qualifier at Prairieview Golf Course.
The Eagles carded a 317 on Friday and have a two-round score of 613, just one stroke behind Black Hawk. Bryant & Stratton is tied with IVCC at 613.
Ben Cyr led the Eagles with a 77 on Friday, while Ian Roach, Ryan Dulin and Jack Lockard each added an 80.
Earlville def. Indian Creek 25-15, 21-25, 25-14
Elizabeth Browder put down 12 kills and had two blocks Friday to help the No. 2-seeded Red Raiders past the No. 3 Timberwolves in a Little Ten Conference semifinal at Hinckley-Big Rock.
Brynn Guelde had 10 kills, Emma Benson contributed 25 assists and three aces and Mady Olson added 13 digs.
Earlville will face No. 1 Newark in the championship at 6 p.m. Saturday at Indian Creek.
DePue-Hall 8, Sandwich 1
Francisco Moreno scored a pair of goals Friday to help the No. 5-seeded Little Giants cruised past the No. 12 Indians in a Class 1A Serena Regional quarterfinal in Spring Valley.
Jimmy Nugnes, Alexis Hurtado, Mauricio Ruiz, Nathan Harrison, Zack Bosi and Joe Moore each added a goal for DePue-Hall, which advances to play No. 4 Serena at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Riverdale 3, Princeton 2
The No. 7-seeded Tigers were upset by the No. 10 Rams in a Class 1A Alleman Regional quarterfinal Friday in Princeton.