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2021 All-Area boys’ golf: Meet the first team – Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Tanner Buehnerkemper

Sr., Monticello

➜ Why he made the first team: Along with junior Will Ross, Buehnerkemper formed a potent 1-2 punch for the Sages that lifted them to eighth place in the Class 1A state tournament. For his part, Buehnerkemper recorded a nine-hole average of 39.0 and an 18-hole average of 78.2. He also placed third in the Illini Prairie Conference Tournament, tied for seventh in the Class 1A Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin Regional, landed fifth in the 1A Beecher Sectional and claimed a share of 31st at the 1A state final.

➜ He needs concert tickets to see … Luke Bryan.

➜ Before he competes, he eats … a ham and cheese sandwich.

➜ In his dream career, he would … be the general manager of a professional sports team.

➜ His favorite subject to study in school is … history.

➜ His favorite athlete is … Justin Fields.

➜ His favorite T.V. show is … “Friends.”

➜ If he could have dinner with any three people from any time period, he would pick … Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Adam Sandler.

➜ Three items on his bucket list are … play a round of golf at Augusta National, travel the world and attend a North Carolina-Duke game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Zach Courson

Sr., Mahomet-Seymour

➜ Why he made the first team: Playing for a balanced group of Bulldogs that included several other potential medalists any given day, Courson was deemed the program’s most valuable golfer after he averaged 40.6 for nine holes and 81.2 for 18 holes and produced a scoring total in 20 of the squad’s 22 events. Courson was an All-Apollo Conference and All-Champaign County honoree as well.

➜ He needs concert tickets to see … Juice Wrld.

➜ Before he competes, he eats … A good meal, and I take snacks to eat during the round.

➜ In his dream career, he would … play on the PGA Tour.

➜ His favorite subject to study in school is … either math or physics.

➜ His favorite athlete is … Collin Morikawa

➜ His favorite T.V. show is … “Breaking Bad.”

➜ If he could have dinner with any three people from any time period, he would pick … Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Mike Trout.

➜ Three items on his bucket list are … Go to Europe, play golf at Pebble Beach and go to a World Series game.

Connor Engel

Sr., Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley

➜ Why he made the first team: One of the area’s top small-school golfers each of the last two seasons, Engel propelled himself into the Class 1A state discussion in his final prep campaign. He averaged 39.1 strokes per nine holes en route to a third-place Heart of Illinois Conference Tournament finish, a fifth-place 1A Seneca Regional showing, a 1A Beecher Sectional individual championship and a 35th-place output at the 1A state meet.

➜ He needs concert tickets to see … Luke Combs.

➜ Before he competes, he eats … Subway.

➜ In his dream career, he would … be a PGA instructor.

➜ His favorite subject to study in school is … Spanish.

➜ His favorite athlete is … Phil Mickelson.

➜ His favorite T.V. show is … “The Flash.”

➜ If he could have dinner with any three people from any time period, he would pick … Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Phil Mickelson.

➜ Three items on his bucket list are … play Augusta National, go to Europe and visit all 50 states.

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Source: https://www.news-gazette.com/sports/2021-all-area-boys-golf-meet-the-first-team/article_c884c17b-013b-5dbf-af87-9ea02f9535cc.html

Tanner Buehnerkemper

Sr., Monticello

➜ Why he made the first team: Along with junior Will Ross, Buehnerkemper formed a potent 1-2 punch for the Sages that lifted them to eighth place in the Class 1A state tournament. For his part, Buehnerkemper recorded a nine-hole average of 39.0 and an 18-hole average of 78.2. He also placed third in the Illini Prairie Conference Tournament, tied for seventh in the Class 1A Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin Regional, landed fifth in the 1A Beecher Sectional and claimed a share of 31st at the 1A state final.

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Tanner Buehnerkemper

Sr., Monticello

➜ Why he made the first team: Along with junior Will Ross, Buehnerkemper formed a potent 1-2 punch for the Sages that lifted them to eighth place in the Class 1A state tournament. For his part, Buehnerkemper recorded a nine-hole average of 39.0 and an 18-hole average of 78.2. He also placed third in the Illini Prairie Conference Tournament, tied for seventh in the Class 1A Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin Regional, landed fifth in the 1A Beecher Sectional and claimed a share of 31st at the 1A state final.

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