Boys and girls prep golfers from around Southern Illinois competed in the IHSA tournament across the state Saturday.
On the girls side, Pinckneyville’s Megan Breslin was the only Southern Illinois golfer, boy or girl, to earn all-state honors.
Breslin, a sophomore, shot a 76 Friday and an 87 Saturday for a two-day total of 163, which was tied for eighth in the state in Class 1A at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur.
“Being in third place alone on her first day was kind of unexpected and remarkable on her first time at state,” said Pinckneyville coach Dan Breslin. “She had a lot of nerves going into today, and it didn’t turn out the way she wanted it to, but still to make the top 10 is pretty incredible for a sophomore.”
Sarah Breslin, Megan’s sister, carded a 79 Saturday for a total of 167, which was good enough for 21st overall. Megan Breslin still has an all-state award to her credit, despite a rough Saturday.
“It was very satisfying overall, and I know she didn’t feel like shooting an 87 the second day was very good,” Coach Breslin said. “But it’s still a great accomplishment.”
The Nashville girls team took second place in the state overall. The Hornettes fell to Charleston by seven strokes.
“It is a tremendous honor,” said Nashville coach Doug Kell. “There are a lot of teams that would like to be in my position. Charleston is a great team, led by a great player (Lauren Chappell). But our team is very excited to get second place.”
Hope Rueter (168), Rachael Kell (169), Jill Guetersloh (173) and Sara Guetersloh (180) were the top four scorers for Nashville, which brought home its fourth state trophy in seven years.
“Hope Rueter was the only one who had been there before as an individual,” Coach Kell said. “So we could have folded up like a cheap lawn chair or made a run at it like we did. We came up a little bit short, but we’re very proud.”
The Massac County girls team took fourth place overall. The Lady Patriots finished second in the state last season.
Massac County was paced by Mady Blair (168), Millie Lawson (168), Emma Korte (182) and Maddie Bowlin (189).
Carbondale’s Josie Sykes carded an 81 Saturday for a total of 165, which put her in 16th place overall.
On the boys side, Benton finished sixth in the state in Class 2A at Weibring Golf Club in Normal. The Rangers shot a 643 as a team.
Derek Oxford (157) and Austin Wills (158) led a very balanced Benton squad. Gehrig Wynn and Jordan Richey each shot a 164 to round out the team’s top four.
“I am proud of them because they accomplished a goal to have a chance on the last day,” said Benton coach Reggie Norman. “They fell short, but they gave themselves a chance. They worked really hard all year to get there. We had as good of a chance as anyone today. As a program, if we continue to put ourselves in this position, eventually it’s going to happen.”
The Hamilton County boys golf team took eighth overall in Class 1A at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington. The Foxes carded a 689 overall and were led by Nate Neal (164), Kyle Van Abbema (167), Austyn Downen (174) and Cameron Gray (184).
“We got off to a slow start on Friday, and we’ve had a few matches where we didn’t play well this year, and unfortunately Friday was one of them,” said Hamilton County coach Terry Aud. “Eighth place in the state is better than a whole lot of teams, and I’m very proud of what we did.”
Wayne City senior Nate Caudle finished tied for 9th in Class 1A, with a two-round score of 155. Chester’s Baylee Modglin shot a 157 to claim 14th place in Class 1A. Centralia’s Caleb Urshan carded a 153, which was tied for 11th place in Class 2A. Massac County’s Brock Burnham shot a 155, which tied him for 21st place in Class 2A as well.