Edwardsville's Flaugher takes top honors at Alton Invite

News-DemocratSeptember 14, 2013 

— Edwardsville senior Emilee Flaugher wasn't at her best Saturday at the Alton Invitational.

But she was just good enough.

One of the top players in the Southwestern Conference for the past three years, Flaugher overcame a painful foot injury to shoot a 4-over-par 76 to take medalist honors and lead the Tigers to a second-place finish in the team competition at the Woodlands Golf Course.

Beginning her round with pair of birdies, Flaugher battled through the pain and tough greens on the par-72 Woodlands layout, which while playing at just under 5,000 yards proved to be a tough test for many of the metro-east's top players.

Only Flaugher and second-place Mikaela Hickey of Belleville West broke 80. Hickey shot 78.

"I think a lot of players may have had trouble on the greens today. They were tough,'' Flaugher said. "I had four birdies, but I was a little inconsistent today.''

Ashlea Hearn and Megan Quick added rounds of 92 for Edwardsville, which finished with a score of 354, four strokes behind host Alton.

The Redbirds, in the midst of perhaps one of the best seasons in school history, got rounds of 85 from Tori Hays, Natalie Long and Courtney Hachmann and a 95 from Maddi Haberling to finish at 350.

"We didn't have anybody go low for us today, but to get three scores in the 80s and then a 95. I'm happy with that,'' Redbirds coach Carey Cappel said. "We had four very solid rounds and played consistent golf.''

Third-place Highland also showed consistency as the Bulldogs, led by an 87 from Shanna Welz, had all six players shoot rounds of 96 or better to finish at 360.

Belleville East placed fourth with a 367 with Emily Furlow leading the way with an 81. Furlow placed third behind Flaugher and Hickey in the individual competition.

Columbia senior Allie Leingang rounded out the top four individuals with an 82.

West (373) and O'Fallon (382) completed the top six teams.

Despite finishing four-strokes behind its SWC rival, Edwardsville coach Tresa LaBoube was satisfied with the performance of her team, as with Flaugher feeling pain in her foot, her teammates picked up the slack.

"Any injuries to do with your feet or legs when you are playing golf is going to have an affect on how you play. Emilee took a little time off this week, but she still came out today and shot a very good score for us,'' LaBoube said. "Our best 18-hole score until today was 365, so we took 11 strokes off that.

"There are still a couple weeks left in the regular season. Right now, I want to see improvement and today the girls shot better than they have all year.''

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