QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- These are not unchartered waters for the Quincy High golf program.
Making state tournament appearances is something of an annual expectation.
But it didn't happen last season and Monday's sectional championship in Pekin made sure the Blue Devils wouldn't be repeat offenders.
Now the page is turned and Doug Bruner's squad knows the fine line of winning a sectional title, and finishing as the runner-up at regionals, is thin.
The difference is only a few shots, a mistake here and a mistake there.
On the state's biggest stage the Blue Devil players claim consistency is the biggest key.
"Sometimes after the first tee shot you're pretty calm but it will probably take me a few holes to get relaxed," junior Zach Burry admitted.
"But I think after that, it will just be like a normal round."
Senior Cory Boots says they have been waiting for this weekend for quite some time.
"We've talked about it all year that we've wanted to go to state and we have a good chance of winning state," Boots explained.
"It's just a good opportunity for us to show how good we can be."
According to sophomore Kolbe Rodemich, "I'm sure we'll all be nervous and anxious. But we just have to keep our nerves calm."
The Blue Devils left for Bloomington on Wednesday afternoon in preparation for Thursday's practice round at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course.
The two day state tournament tees off bright and early Friday morning.
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