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Prep Golf Sectionals

By Toby Gullion

(EFFINGHAM COUNTRY CLUB) - The Salem Lady Wildcats sent a trio to the Effingham Sectional hosted by Teutopolis High School, however none of the Cats would advance on a tough day at a tough course.

After an hour and a half frost delay play got underway on a tough course with very quick greens.

Shawn Rennegarbe was medalist as the junior shot 2-over, 74 to help her Nashville Hornettes to a 2nd place team finish and a spot in this weekend's State Tournament.  Rennegarbe trailed St Anthony's Miranda Rohlfin by 3 strokes heading into 18, but Rennegarbe's eagle and Rohfling's bogey forced a palyoff with the Hornette winning on the first extra hole.

Massac County won the title shooting 343 followed by Nashville (357) and Eldorado (364). 

Not advancing but competing as a team was St Anthony in 4th followed by Columbia, Althoff, Mt Carmel.  Okawville was 8th with Alton Marquette and Pincknevyille in the top 10.  Herrin and T-Town rounded out the 12 team field. 

Also advancing as individuals were Miranda Rohlfing of Effingham (74), Allie Leingang of Columbia (81), Heather McDaniel of Pinckneyville (85), Raechelle Leiken of Vandalia (86), Megan Biscan of Columbia (87), Kendra Kessler of Sparta (88), Elaina Smith of Alton Marquette (89), Abbey Leighty of Mt Carmel (89), Katie Garver of Trico (89) and Maddie Elbe of Althoff (90).

Salem's Megan Galltin shot 100, Morgan Thompson 113 and Jansen Brooks 116 for coach Megan Kessler.

"I am very pleased with the play from my girls.  We knew the field and the course would be tough, so our goal was to leave it all out there and enjoy the atmosphere and course."

Kessler added, "Freshman Megan Gallatin played the best all around game and got a dose of sectional experience that hopefully proves to be beneficial in the years to come."

Salem finished the season at 9-12 overall and 4th in their own 10 team regional.  Salem finished 5th at the Apollo Conference, but played their best golf at the end of the season when it counted.


(HICKORY RIDGE GC) - Rob Foreman and Joe Tolliver were the lone Salem Wildcats left as play began at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale.  In the end, the two were good, but not good enough as their 81 and 86 respectively fell short of the 76 cut line to move on to state.

Waterloo's John Wirth shot a 4-under, 68 to lead the individual scores.  As a team, Waterloo won the event shooting 297 followed by a pair of 304s from Althoff and Mt Carmel.  Not qualifying was Effingham in 4th followed by Mt Vernon, Highland, Springfield, Sacred Heart Griffin, Massac County, Marion, Freeburg and Glenwood.

Advancing as individuals were Anthony Lechman of Effingham (72), Trevor Flota of Mt Vernon (73), Matthew Williams of Mt Vernon (73), Arttu Linden of Freeburg (74), Nathan Leingang of Columbia (74), Kody Rendlemen of Murphysboro (74), Zach Burnham of Massac County (75), Blaine Buente of Triad (75), Dustin Duncan of Bethalto (75) and Nick Patton of Lanphier (76).


(CRAB ORCHARD GC) - At Crab Orchard Golf Course, Joe Powell of St Anthony was medalist shooting Par 70 to help the Bulldogs to a first place finish.  Nashville advances to state along with Alton Marquette.  Rounding out the rest of the field was a fourth place from Hamilton County then Carmi White County, Carlyle, Carterville, Johnston City, Robinson, Vandalia, Trico and Marissa.

Advancing as individuals included Derek Smith of Johnston City (73), Marc Cox of Hamilton County (74), Jacob Eklund of Carterville shot (74), Blake Davis of Fairfield (75), Landon Vaughan of Hamilton County (76), Blake Swofford of Vandalia (79), Austin Grote of Christ Our Rock (79), Josh Palsenberger of Carlyle (81), Sam Range of Waterloo Gibault (81) and Neal Northcott of Carmi White County (82).

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