CARLYLE — Heading into the Cahokia Conference Golf Tournament on Monday, Carlyle senior Andrew Ray was looking to shoot his first 18-hole round under 80 in two years.
And the Carlyle Indians were looking for their first league championship in recent memory. On a picture perfect Monday afternoon at Governor's Run Golf Course, both streaks came to an end.
Ray shot a 4-over par 76 to take medalist honors while four Carlyle teammates added rounds of 80 or better as the Indians coasted to a 14-stroke win in the 11-team event.
The perennial runner-up in the Cahokia Conference in the Cahokia Conference, the Indians finished with a team total of 311 as they defeated pre-tournament favorite Columbia by together the round that veteran coach Marc Smith has been waiting for all season.
"I knew this team was capable of playing very well. Of putting together a round like this one today,'' Smith said. "I think we've been second in this (tournament) the past five or six years and for our seniors were running out of time. This was our last chance.
"We had five very good scores. Andrew (Ray) hadn't been below 40 (9 holes) all year and he has been very frustrated. But he played very well today. Hopefully this can carry over to the (Class 1A) regional next week.''
Carlyle teammate Josh Palsenberger was second with a 77 while the Indians Hunter Johnson and Brandon Jansen were among five players who tied for third place with rounds of 79.
Nick Hamilton of Columbia, Josh Snyder of Red Bud and A.J. Jeffers of Steeleville also shot rounds of 79.
But playing their best round of the season on their home turf at Governors Run, Carlyle was to much to handle on this day.
"I think playing here (Governors Run) give us an advantage of knowing what clubs to hit and what clubs not hit at different places on the course,'' Ray said. "I remember shooting a 79 my sophomore year at a tournament in Nashville, but it had been a while.
"I just made some putts today. I had one bad shot on the back nine, but I played well. It was a good day.''
Second place Columbia also got rounds of 80 from Michael Barker and an 82 from Jake Hillen, while Snyder (79) and Marcus Heinen led third place Red Bud (352).
Blake Bone (87) led Freeburg which placed fourth at 353, while Wesclin (358) rounded out the top five teams.