PTHS golf team sanctioned
Pontiac’s record-setting boys’ golf season has not ended but it took tremendous hit earlier this week when it was learned one of the players was ineligible.
Michael Edinger, who transferred to Pontiac from Prairie Central, was deemed to have exceeded his allotted semesters of being an eligible athlete, it was learned this week.
PTHS athletic director Andrew Werling told the Daily Leader that this situation is new this year. He pointed out that had it happened last year, Edinger would still be able to participate.
Werling said that a letter was received from an unnamed source that indicated Edinger’s situation. The Pontiac administration then looked into records and found the allegations true.
Werling added that the infraction was then reported to the IHSA. He also said that the school had suggested a punishment procedure.
The IHSA agreed with the penalties — forfeiture of the matches Edinger was a scoring player and a method to check transfer procedure in the future — and has considered the matter closed.
“We called the IHSA (and) informed them of our investigation,” Werling told The Leader. “They were satisfied with how we handled it and the steps that were taken.”
Pontiac’s season will continue with the Indians still able to compete I the Corn Belt Conference tournament Oct. 5 and the state series beginning Oct. 8 with the regional tournament at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington.