When & where: Of the 20 sectionals early this week, all but one runs today, and seven hold local interest. The boys' meets involving area schools are at Pekin's Lick Creek (3A), the University of Illinois Orange Course in Champaign (2A), Elgin's Golf Club of Illinois (1A) and Petersburg's Shambolee Golf Course (1A). The girls' meets involving local schools are at Illinois State's Weibring Golf Club in Normal (AA), Genoa's The Oak Club (A) and The Elks in Lincoln (A).
At stake: The top three teams and 10 best-scoring individuals not on a qualifying squad advance to this weekend's 36-hole state meets. Ties are broken via the fifth or sixth card score for team competition, and a sudden-death playoff for individual action. The top seven overall soloists also receive medals.
Local teams: Moline (3A boys, AA girls) and Rockridge (1A boys, A girls) have both teams qualified. Also alive in 1A boys' play are Sherrard, Fulton, Morrison and United. Geneseo, Mercer County and Prophetstown also are in Class A girls' action.
Local individuals (boys): Rock Island's Alec Aunan and Thomas Knuckey qualified in 3A action. Alleman's Dan Cutkomp, Sam Pirmann and Connor Hogan, plus Geneseo's Dugan Kuffel and Billy Converse, are entered in 2A play. The area's 1A contingent includes Riverdale's Jared Richmond, Erie's Koby Kuhnen, Orion's Jason Marshall, Ridgewood's Noah Shannon, Kewanee's Ryan Hansen and Dylan Galloway and Bureau Valley's Ryan Young.
Local individuals (girls): Rock Island's Laurel Enstrom also qualified for Class AA action. The local Class A girls' contingent includes Alleman's Lauren Fout and Claire Benisch, Erie's Skylar Neely-Houzenga, United's Justine Peel, Monmouth-Roseville's Claire McCrery, Kewanee's Paige Dougherty, and Mid-County's Lena Karjala.
Next: The Bloomington-Normal area hosts the boys' state tournaments Friday and Saturday at The Den at Fox Creek (3A), ISU's Weibring Golf Club (2A) and Prairie Vista (1A). Decatur is the home of the girls' state meets Friday and Saturday at Hickory Point (AA) and Red Tail Run (A).
Today is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men. 1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.