WEST FRANKFORT — Anna-Jonesboro’s Levi Hall took medalist honors and Trico earned the team championship at the Zeigler-Royalton-Christopher Class 1A regional at Franklin County Country Club Monday.
Hall shot a 76, four strokes better than Eldorado’s Braden Unthank.
In the meantime, Trico’s Brian Naile, Ryan Vogt, Edward Brees and Peyton Lovel all turned in solid rounds, allowing the Pioneers to win their first regional title since 2004. Naile and Vogt both carded 84s. Brees shot an 85 and Lovel 87 for a team score of 340.
“We were pretty pleased. I have five boys who usually come in within a few strokes of each other,” said Trico coach Mike Holcomb. “There were no major surprises, everyone pretty came in pretty much where they have been all season. A couple of them, were a little bit higher than they wanted to, but I think the rain had a little bit to do with that.”
After Southern Illinois has been parched for the past six weeks, the bulk of the regional was played in a steady, sometimes heavy, rain.
“We got started later, that’s when most of the rain was starting,” Holcomb said. “The teams that went off early had a little bit more of a drier day than we did. I don’t think for them it wasn’t a huge impact. I talked to them after the rain came up and expressed to them to hang in there. The rain is going to affect a lot of people’s games today.
“When they made the turn, the rain started to lighten up a little bit. It came back for a little while, but the last six or seven holes they got some clear weather.”
Eldorado finished eight strokes back with Unthank’s 80, 85s from Evan Coyle and Noah Smith and Ely Boulds’ 98.
Anna-Jonesboro was third behind Hall’s 76, 82 by Carson Reynolds, Peter Houser’s 95 and Hunter Ralls’ 99.
Hall, who qualified for sectionals as an individual last year, predicted his regional title.
“I joked about it after getting third at conference this year,” he said. “I said, ‘I’ll just go win regionals.’ I ended up playing pretty well.
“With the rain and stuff, 76 is a great score today.”
Hall was in the final group off the tee, so he was just a couple holes into the round when the skies opened.
“It got a little rough there, but I got my rain gloves on and it was alright,” he said.
Slower greens resulted in Hall leaving several putts short.
“I was making a few putts on the back nine, that helped a lot,” he said. “When the greens slowed down from the rain I was leaving some putts short. When they started drying out a little bit, they were running really close to Anna’s, so I was used to it.”
The winners advance to the Class 1A sectional at Carlyle’s Governor’s Run Monday.
Advancing as individuals were: Josh McGill, Vienna, 81; Grant Venus, Goreville, 84; Trenton Hyde, Vienna, 86; Peyton Guyman, Goreville, 86; Dalton Saeger, Z-R-C, 86; Jarrett James, Chester, 87; Jacob Wingerter, Chester, 88; Brendan Middendorff, Steeleville, 90; Calen Banks, Hardin County, 91; Peyton Lane, Hardin County, 92.
At Okawville, Nashville took regional honors with a team score of 326, three strokes better than Waterloo Gibault.
Kelton Harre led Nashville with a 78. Carson Parker shot an 80, Jacob Maschhoff 81, and Terry Pelczynski 87.
Individuals advancing include Riley Jennings of Woodlawn 86, Tyler Winchester of Waltonville and Chad Geralds of Okawville, both with 90.
MOUNT CARMEL REGIONAL: Hamilton County earned a berth in the Class 1A sectional with a third place finish at the Mount Carmel Regional.
The Foxes shot 329. Mount Carmel was first at 315 and Effingham St. Anthony second at 318.
Austyn Downen shot a 76 for the Foxes. Kyle Van Abbema finished at 80, Cameron Gray 83 and Austin Gray 90.
Individuals advancing were Ty Barbre of Carmi (74), and Noah McElravy (81) and Andrew Stewart (82) of Fairfield.