Mother Nature, for the most part, was the big winner Saturday at the Illinois golf championships.
Four of the five different tournaments -- all three of the boys and the AA girls -- had their second rounds wiped out by inclement weather. The A girls tourney was the only one to make it through until the end, although it also had a weather delay.
Because of Saturday's cancellations in those four tourneys, the results from Round 1 on Friday were used and that is good news for the Althoff boys team.
The Crusaders shot a 321 at the Class 2A tournament at Weibring Golf Club in Normal on Friday to tie University for the top spot and a fifth-score tiebreaker gave Althoff its second straight state title. The Crusaders were led by junior Michael Johnson with a four-over-par 75, which was good for a fifth-place tie individually.
Waterloo was also in the Class 2A team hunt and ended up finishing just two strokes off the pace at 323, tied for third with Washington. Senior Charles Hawn led the way for Waterloo with an opening-round 75 to tie Johnson.
Triad senior Blaine Buente led late in his round on Friday before carding a two-over 73 and to finish just one shot behind University's Adam Baracani for second place. Freeburg senior Aartu Linden shot a 76 to finish in a five-way tie for seventh.
The A girls meet at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur was the only meet to be completed in its entirety and Nashville junior Shawn Rennegarbe, who was a Post-Dispatch All-Metro first-team golfer last season, had quite a performance on Day 2 with a four-under 68.
Combined with the five-over 77 she shot on Friday, Rennegarbe ended up with a one-over 145 to finish three shots behind the leader.
The only other tourney to play enough holes today to even have the partials counted in the final team scores were the AA girls at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur.
Edwardsville finished in eighth place with a 410. Tigers junior Emilee Flaugher cracked the top 10 with a four-over 76 to put her in a tie for seventh. Belleville East senior Miranda Lidisky was one shot behind Flaugher with a 77 to finish in a tie for ninth.
In the Class 3A boys meet at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington, Edwardsville shot a 318 to finish in eighth place. Individually, the best area score came from Tigers senior John Schmidtke, who fired a six-over 78 to tie for 25th.
In Class 1A boys at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington, Alton Marquette finished fourth with a 327, which was 14 strokes behind leader North Shore Country Day and Nashville tied Bismarck-Henning for sixth place with a 334. Alton Marquette senior Sam Becker had the best area individual round in 1A with a four-over 76 to put him in a tie for 12th.