Edwardsville senior Ben Tyrrell became just the 13th golfer to sink a hole-in-one in IHSA state tournament play when he aced No. 4 at The Den at Fox Creek in the Class 3A preliminary round Friday.
Tyrrell heads into Saturday’s final round tied with Josh Lundmark, of Hinsdale Central, with a 3-under-par 69.
He was 3-over-par after three holes before the ace.
The last to achieve the rare feat were Granite City’s Jared Harrington and Zach Isoda, of Palatine, who each holed out No. 13 at Fox Creek in 2010.
The first to hit a hole in one in Illinois state competition was an East St. Louis Senior High School golfer with the last name of Schiele, who did so on hole 8 at Urbana Country Club in 1926.
Tyrrell was named a Belleville News-Democrat Co-Golfer of the Year in 2016 when his team medalist rounds of 73 and 76 helped the Tigers to a sixth-place team finish at last year’s state tournament.
As a team, Edwardsville finished the first round in seventh place among the 12 teams with a plus-22 score of 310. Hindsdale holds a seven-stroke lead over second-place Loyola Academy.
Jon Ratterman sits in 33rd place (77); Tanner White, 87th (85); Trevor Laub, 102nd (90); and Ian Bailey, 110th (97).
Class 2A Boys
Althoff senior Dylan Davidson is tied for fourth place with four other golfers after a shooting a first-day 71 at The Den at Fox Creek on Friday. As a team, however, the Crusaders are tied in last place with Vernon Hills with a plus-48 332.
Davidson, the only upperclassman on the team, shot even par on both the front and back nines. He birdied holes 8, 9, 10 and 14.
Also competing for Althoff are Jack Bruening (84), Payton Whitehead (88), Avery Irwin (89), George Orlet (92) and Connor Wilson (95).
Class 2A Girls
O’Fallon’s Alyssa McMinn is among four in the Class 2A girls tournament leading at an even-par 72.
The others are Kira Wolf, of Mattoon; Megan Furtney, of St. Charles North; and Trinity Corwin, of Shaumburg.
MicMinn was three under par after the front nine, with birdies on holes 6, 7 and 8. She bogeyed par-4 hole 10 and par-3 16 before getting a double bogey on the day’s final hole.
As a team, O’Fallon is in sixth place at plus-34, 19 strokes behind 2A leader Winnetka New Trier.
For the Panthers, Brianna McMinn and Brooke Boatman shot 11-over 83s. Natalie Meinkoth and Emily Marrs are 12 over par at 84 each. Liz Boehning is at plus-20.
Class 2A finals begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Class 1A Girls
Nashville sits in fourth place with a day-one 344. The Hornettes are just nine strokes behind the leader, Rockford Lutheran.
Jordan Stiegman leads the way for Nashville with a eight-over-par 80. Racheal Kell is a stroke back at 81.