PONTIAC, Ill. — Ali and Dani Grace Schrock are going their separate ways.
While her younger sister starts her second season of prep golf at Pontiac High School next week, Ali heads to ISU. Her junior golf career is now over, her college career is about to begin.
“It’s bittersweet that I’m done,” Ali Schrock said. “It’s been a great finish. I’m looking forward to Illinois State.”
They final tournament they played together was last month’s D.A. Points Open in Pekin.
“I was thinking a few days ago that high school golf is going to be so lonely without her because every day I go to the golf course with her,” said Dani Grace Schrock. “And every tournament I play with her. I’m not going to have my best friend there beside me.”
For years, they went to the driving range together, practiced together and, despite a three-year age difference, played in many of the same tournaments together.
“I love playing with her, we push each other and support each other. I’m going to miss it a lot,” said Ali Schrock.
The sisters say they will also miss competing against one another.
Ali won the class A girls state golf title in 2017. Then last fall, Dani Grace won the state championship.
They have always had an interesting, friendly, golf rivalry.
“My goal is always to beat her. So whenever I do, it feels really good but I really just look up to her a lot,” said Dani Grace Schrock. “Obviously, I want to beat her but I want her to play the best she can, too.”
Her older sister feels the same way.
“I want to win but I want her to win as well,” said Ali Schrock. “I’m always there for her and she’s always there for me. It’s cool to have that companionship.”