Highland girls golf team wins own regional

Special to the News-DemocratOctober 10, 2013 

STAUNTON - With four scores ranging from between 84 to 89, the Highland Bulldogs ran away with their own Class AA Girls Regional at Staunton's Timber Lakes Golf Course.

Highland finished with a team score of 348. O'Fallon (362) and Belleville East (367) also advanced to Monday's sectional at Springfield's Piper Glen Golf Course.

Shanna Welz led Highland with an 84. Maddie Wilke shot 86 while Morgan Bargetzi and Emily Vonder Haar came in with 89s.

Those scores represented a classic Highland performance.

"We're pretty well known for having a solid 5-6 players who will shoot pretty well, high 80s or low 90s, but we never really have that No. 1 girl that shoots in the 70s," Welz said. "That works really well with us because we don't have a downfall. We all have a pretty good average.

"I trust these girls. If I have a bad day, we're still going to be pretty good as a team."

O'Fallon grabbed the second spot with Brooke Callahan's 87, a 90 from Maddy Ryan, Sophie Laing's 91 and a 94 from Natalie Fix.

East slipped into the third spot, beating Carbondale by five strokes.

Scoring for East were Emily Furlow (84), Abigail Gundlach (91), Madison Meyer (95) and Colette Thro (97).

While Carbondale failed to advance, it posted the top two scores of the day. Maggie Bryant took medalist honors with a 77 and Paige Bird shot an 81.

"I played pretty good on the front (37)," said Bryant, the defending regional champion. "My short game was phenomenal. I was putting really well in the front. I was hitting my chip shots really close so I could get up and down."

Bryant and Bird will advance to the sectional as individuals along with Caroline Kozak, Triad, 83; Mikaela Hickey, Belleville West, 85; Haylee Netemeyer, Triad, 89; Amanda Lilly, Mascoutah, 91; Rachel Bolerjack, Mount Vernon, 93; Sidney Bost, Collinsville, 94; Andrea Mitchell, West, 97, and Abbey Burns, Collinsville, 98.

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