Hall of Fame Inductee - 1994-97 Boys Golf Teams
With 13 state trophies to its credit, the Quincy High School boys golf program matches the boys basketball program as the most successful in school history.
And program - boys or girls - has done what the QHS golfers accomplished from 1994-97. That's win four consecutive state trophies with a pair each of second- and third-place finishes.
In 1994 and '95, the Blue Devils used sectional championships as a springboard to state success.
The 1994 team finished third, trailing state runner-up Galesburg by five stokes. Naperville North edged Galesburg by a stroke for the Class AA championship.
The 1994 state team included Eric Frese, Ryan T. Smith, Blayne Rosely, Joe Citro and John Kelly.
The 1995 finished in a tie for second with Belleville East. Citro took eighth individually, one of only two individual medals the Blue Devils earned during the run.
The 1995 state team included Citro, Rosely, Kelly, Todd Rodemich, Jason Traeder and Gerald Schwarz.
The 1996 and '97 teams made the postseason their playground, winning regional and sectional championships both years before capturing state hardware.
Quincy took third in 1996, edging St. Charles by a stroke.
The Blue Devils were 10 strokes off the pace and in fifth place after the first 18 holes. The move up the leaderboard started with Rodemich and Schwarz shooting 77s on the second as Quincy carded four rounds in the 70s and shot a 312- two strokes better than St. Charles.
Rodemich finished tied for third at 155, while Schwarz shot a 158.
The 1996 state team included Rodemich, Schwarz, Traeder, Brian Hendrian, Scott Steward and R.P. Schaller.
The 1997 team came the closest to winning a state championship, getting edged by three strokes by New Trier.
Todd Rodemich led Quincy with a 6-over 150, which tied him for the third best score of the tournament although he wasn't competing as an individual, while Jason Buxman posted a 152.
The 1997 state team included Rodemich, Buxman, Steward, Schaller, Tim Roth and Zach Ortbal.
The boys golf teams were coached by Don Kelly, who is a Quincy Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame member.
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