The boys’ golf team from Riverdale High School in Port Byron, Illinois, brought back the very first state title in any IHSA-sponsored sport or activity in the school’s history, KWQC-TV (NBC affiliate) reports.
The Voxitatis database of IHSA records confirms this Class 1A boys’ golf title is the first state title for Riverdale.
Led by University of Iowa-bound Tyler Bussert, who got the top individual score in the final round, a score that was only two strokes ahead of teammate Anthony Ruthey, the team made the trip to the state championship round for the first time ever. And when the top two individual scorers in the state come from the same school, the team leader board is bound to look good, as does the trophy case now at Riverdale.
“We knew from the summer that we could do something special,” Bussert told the station. “Then, to get that done and have the community rally behind us is awesome.”
“It was really special for our school,” coach Trent Groves added.
The Class 2A state title in boys’ golf was awarded to Charleston High School at the Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington after the October 13-14 final rounds.
Our records also show an accomplishment for the boys’ golf team at Hinsdale Central, which brought back the sixth consecutive Class 3A title in the sport.
The Red Devils were state champs in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 before winning this year. In individual play, Central’s Mac McClear was tied for fifth but just four strokes off the leader, Jackson Bussell from Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. To add to Hinsdale Central’s lead, Josh Lundmark finished eighth, just six strokes behind Bussell.
Given that Hinsdale Central was the only team with two individual finishers in the top 10, the summation gave them a two-stroke advantage on the team leader board, with Stevenson finishing in third place in the state.