Mapugay captures Junior City 12-under title

Kalen Mapugay shot 35 Tuesday to finish at 66 and earn a six-stroke victory in the Bloomington-Normal Junior City 12-under golf tournament on Tuesday at The Links at Ireland Grove.

Mapugay finished ahead of Ridge Willard and Michael Cavanaugh in the boys 10-12 championship flight. Willard and Cavanaugh each shot 37s to end at 72. The boys 10-12 first flight title went to Joshua Heil with an 87.

Owen Bolles prevailed in the boys 7-9 age group. His 33 Tuesday gave him a total of 70, five shots ahead of runner-up Patrick Cavanaugh. The boys 6-under champion was Colton Carpenter, who carded a 35 to end at 79. Second place went to Gabe Smith with an 86.

The lone girls entry, Hannah Edwards, had a 109 in the girls 10-12 age division.

Quiet day in Two-Man: There were no championship flight matches held Tuesday in the Bloomington-Normal Two-Man Best Position Tournament at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course.

There were two first-round matches in the senior division. Two-time defending champions Mike McNeely and Drew Vance earned a 4 and 3 win over John Warmbir and Robin Roberts, while qualifying medalists Tom Bley and Jim Modglin downed E.P. Martin and Ron Aeschelman, 4 and 2.


Kennedy eyes World competition: Eliot Kennedy of the Bloomington-Normal YMCA Waves will swim Saturday in the FINA World Junior Open Water championships at Hoorn, Netherlands.

Kennedy will compete in the women's 5K race for ages 14-15 representing the USA team. She qualified by virtue of her finish at the U.S. Open Water National Championships in April.

The race will be streamed live starting at 3:15 a.m. Central time.


AYBT tourney starts Thursday: The American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) National Championships return to Bloomington-Normal on Thursday through Sunday. More than 130 teams are expected for the tournament, which will be at Normal West, Normal Community and Central Catholic high schools as well as Illinois Wesleyan’s Shirk Center.

Day passes are $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors. Session passes are $25 for adults and $20 for children and seniors. The estimated direct economic impact for Bloomington-Normal is more than $160,400.

For more information or to view a complete schedule of games, visit www.aybtour.com.

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Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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