DECATUR — The Massac County girls golf team has been doing damage at state for more than a decade, and the squad brought home a Class 1A state championship on Saturday, which is the fourth state title for the program since 2007.
Millie Lawson shot an 80, and Emma Korte carded an 81 to help Massac County defeat Rockford Lutheran by six strokes to claim the IHSA Class 1A state crown at Red Tail Run Golf Course.
The Patriots finished with a 665 over the two-day event, and Rockford Lutheran ended at 671. Nashville came in third with a 680.
“It is such a good feeling to be able to come home with some hardware this year,” Lawson said. “To win a state title with some of my favorite people is great. We are so close, and we are so ecstatic right now. We’re glad that we could bring home something so special to our community.”
Lawson carded a 161 and finished in 12th place as an individual. Massac County has brought home eight state trophies since 2007.
“Just looking back at some of the talent, it’s just a blessing to be a part of such a dynasty,” Lawson said. “For us to be up there with some of the greats, it’s such a good feeling.”
Korte finished with a 164. Mady Blair and Madie Coakley rounded out Massac County’s top four. Both girls shot a 170 over two days.
“I knew that they could do it, and we had been playing some really good golf, and Millie had been playing great,” said Massac County coach Laurie Glass. “We have six good golfers, and that’s where I thought we had an advantage.”
In her first season as head coach two years ago, Glass’ squad finished as the state runner-up. It was gratifying for Glass to have her team win the whole thing this year after getting so close in the past.
“Emma Korte had two of her best rounds of the year at the state tournament,” Glass said. “The community supports us, and the parents support us. The girls are really good friends. We played in a lot of hard tournaments this year that we knew we couldn’t possibly win. Playing on those hard courses made us better. You’re prepared when you get to state. I’m so proud of these girls.”
Pinckneyville’s Megan Breslin was the top local individual at state. Breslin shot an 84 on Saturday and finished with a 159. She earned an all-state selection as well.
“It didn’t go exactly how I wanted it to, and there is always room for improvement,” Breslin said. “It was an all right day, but it could have been a lot better.”
Megan Breslin was tied for the lead after Friday’s round when she shot a 75. But she still was named to the all-state team after a rough, by her high standards, Saturday.
“It still means everything, and I’m so blessed to get a chance to even make it to state,” Breslin said. “It’s a great accomplishment and making the top 10 makes it special.”
Sarah Breslin, Megan’s sister, shot a 165, which was tied for 22nd place.
Nashville’s Rachael Kell carded a 162, which was tied for 13th place overall. Her teammates Brooke Bartling (169), Jordan Stiegman (173) and Hope Rueter (176) rounded out the top scores for the third-place Hornettes.
Hamilton County’s Kylee Vaughan delivered a 164, which was tied for 18th place. Carterville’s Avery Rea finished at 167, which was tied for 27th place. Murphysboro’s Hannah Gahagan shot a 169 (tied for 32nd). Carbondale’s Josie Sykes finished with a 172, which was tied for 43rd place.
Mount Vernon’s Zach Williams carded a 1-under 70 and finished strong at the IHSA Class 2A state golf tournament at Weibring Golf Club in Normal on Saturday.
Williams finished with a two-day total of 148 and tied for 12th among individuals in Class 2A.
“It was a great day, and I’m very happy how I finished,” Williams said. “I really didn’t play well the first day, and my goal today was to get as low on that leaderboard as possible. I really tried to keep my confidence up, and that was a key. I just wanted to hit some quality shots.”
It has been a great postseason for Williams, who shot under par in three of his four rounds. He finished his prep career as a 2A regional and sectional champion as well.
Williams missed out on making the all-state team by one stroke.
“All the hard work in the summer really paid off in the postseason,” Williams said. “It really does hurt not getting in the top 10 because that was my goal coming in. But I’m still taking a lot of great things from this weekend. This whole postseason has been awesome and a lot of fun for me.”
Centralia’s Caleb Urshan shot a 149 and finished tied for 18th place. Carbondale’s Zach Pereira finished with a 152 and tied for 24th overall in 2A. Massac County’s Brock Willmes carded a 157, which was tied for 40th place.
In the Class 1A boys tournament at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington, Hamilton County’s Austyn Downen shot a 4-over par 76 on Saturday.
Downen just missed an all-state selection in Class 1A and finished 11th overall. The junior delivered a 156 total over two days.
Carmi freshman Ty Barbre shot a 164, which was tied for 27th place. Anna-Jonesboro’s Levi Hall finished with a 174, which was tied for 66th place.