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Salem Sends 3 To Sectionals

By Toby Gullion

SALEM COUNTRY CLUB - The Salem Lady Wildcats played well and will send three individuals to next week's sectionals at the Effingham Country Club following regional play at the Salem Country Club on Wednesday afternoon.

Belleville Althoff finished tops with a 360 followed by Alton Marquette (380) and Columbia (387) as each will advance as a team to sectionals.  Salem finished fourth, 17 strokes out of the final qualifying spot.

Rounding out the 10-team field was Civic Memorial in 5th (433), Breese Central (449), Roxana (454), Greenville (485), Mater Dei (506) and Staunton (522).

Jansen Brooks advanced shooting a 90 along with Megan Gallatin (96) and Morgan  Thompson (106). 

"I'm very pleased with how my girls finished today," said head coach Megan Kessler. 

"We played our best golf and this is the day to do that."

Kessler added, "We will dearly miss Jansen and Bethany next year, but we will return four solid players all with experience who all lead us at least once at some point in the season.  Our future looks very bright.  A great finish to a successful season."

Elaina Smith of Marquette was medalist shooting 79.  Individuals that are moving on along with the trio of Lady Wildcats were; Marlee Clouatre and Allison Hemingway from Civic Memorial, Katy Rose of Roxana, Alex Plovich of Staunton, Aubrey Schrand and Baylee Luebbers of Breese Central and Kami Suess of Greenville. 

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MT ZION - Sophmore Ashley Miller of Mt Zion shot 82 for medalist honors at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur, but as a team Decatur St Teresa shot 402 to win the team competition.  Charleston shot 425 and advanced with a 2nd place finish and Mt Zion was 3rd with a 433.

EFFINGHAM - Vandalia's Raechelle Leiken shot 81 for medalist honors at the Effingham Regional.  She was the top individual finisher and moves on along with Chloe Buerster of Olney, Morgan Wilson and Courtney White of Effingham and Ginger Williams of Flora.  As a team, St Anthony won the event shooting 383 followed by Mt Carmel (396) and T-Town (462).

CENTRALIA - In the Centralia Regional, Shawn Rennegarbe shot 2-over 72 and led Nashville to a four stroke win over Okawville 340-344.  Pincknevyille also advanced shooting 378.  Centralia was 5th as a team.  Advancing as individuals included Centraila's Lacey McTall and Courtney Knipping.  Linsey Reeves of Waltonville. 

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