Prairie’s Reilly displays good sportsmanship at WIAA Sectional

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Prairie du Chien’s James Reilly tees off at the Sectional Tournament. (Photo submitted)

After winning medalist honors at the WIAA Regional Tournament in Prairie du Chien, James Reilly represented the Blackhwawk boys golf team as an individual at the WIAA Sectional Tournament. 

The sectional was hosted by Aquinas at the La Crosse Country Club on Wednesday June 1.   James had a rough start on the front nine, shooting a 44 but improved on the back nine with a 41. James was exceptional with his driver and irons throughout the round but just couldn’t get his putts to drop. The large, fast, undulating greens created a challenge for all players. 

James’ score of 85 had him potentially missing an opportunity to play in the WIAA State Tournament by two strokes.

The teams moving on to state were Edgewood Sacred Heart with a team score of 327 and Edgerton with a 342. Three individuals moving on were Sam Dobbins of Aquinas with an 80, Pierce Zimmel of Lomira with an 80 and Nolan Oliver from Brodhead with an 83.

James’ score of  85 had him tied for 10th place overall with three other players. 

Regardless of outcome, James displayed his sportsmanship and integrity during the round when he assisted a fellow competitor from Monticello/Belleville not only look for his golf ball but walked with him the remainder of that hole as he struggled with the long grasses. The Monticello coach made sure the Prairie coach and James knew how much her player appreciated that gesture. Her comment was that James’ school, community, and family should be proud of his behavior on the golf course.

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