Crusaders claim title in league golf tourney

News-DemocratSeptember 30, 2013 

The Althoff Crusaders domination of the South Seven Conference Girls Golf Tournament continued on Monday at Greenview Golf Course in Centralia.

Junior Abigail Irwin shot an 83 and younger sister Alaina Irwin was one shot back with an 84 to lead a balanced attack as the Crusaders breezed to their fifth straight league championship.

Althoff, which had its top five players place in the top 10 to earn All-South Seven Conference honors, finished with a team score of 347. That was a whopping 37 strokes better then runner-up Carbondale's total of 384).

Mount Vernon finished a distant third with a 412 total. Marion (424) and Centralia (430) rounded out the conference team competition.

The win came as no surprise as the depth and talent of the Crusaders continued on a difficult par 70 Greenview GC layout

"I'm very proud of this golf team. To win five straight league championships is a remarkable accomplishment. The credit goes to these girls for all the hard work they put in during the summer, playing in tournaments and taking lessons," Crusaders coach Tim Gehrs said. "I thought we played well. To shoot a 347 on a difficult Greenview Golf Course is very strong.''

Also playing very strong was Maggie Bryant, of Carbondale, who took medalist honors with a 76. Abigail Irwin was second and Alaina Irwin placed third.

Also claiming all-conference honor for Althoff were Gabby David, who placed fourth with an 88, Madison Weilbacher was fifth with a 92 and Jordan Lewis placed ninth with a 94.

"Every one of the girls played well today. But I was especially pleased with Alaina (Irwin). She's been my No. 5 player and for her to shoot an 84, that's a great score,''

"But its been like that all year. This is a great group of girls and they all get along well. On any given day, we've had different players step up and give us a good score. I'm pleased. This is a great way to go into the regional tournament next week.''

Contact reporter Dean Criddle at 239-2661 or dcriddle@bnd.com

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