Another regional golf crown for Hornettes

News-DemocratOctober 10, 2013 

— Nashville senior Shawn Rennegarbe called her 1-over-par 72 on Wednesday at the Class A Nashville Golf Regional "just another day."

But on a day when triple and quadruple bogeys were the norm, Rennegarbe proved her superiority once again at Stonewolf Golf Course as she led the Hornettes to the team championship.

Aided by rounds of 84 from Natalie Johnson 88 from Madi May and a season-best 94 from Madison Frerker, the Hornettes toured the demanding par-71, 5,300-yard Stonewolf layout with a team total of 338, 59 strokes better than runner-up Waterloo as they coasted to a fourth straight regional title.

The regional title also is the fourth for Rennegarbe, who has her sights on her first state championship.

"I play here (Stonewolf) a lot so I'm familiar with the golf course,'' Rennegarbe said. "Overall, it was an average day. I had the one bad hole, where I made a double (bogey), but I had three birdies and two bogeys.

"If I can have an average day and still shoot 72, that's fine.''

Waterloo, led by an 88 from Haley Faus, finished with a team score of 397. Okawville placed third with a 409. All three schools will advance to the Class A Effingham Sectional, on Monday at Effingham Country Club.

Also advancing to the sectional were 10 individuals who shot rounds of 107 or better.

Columbia senior Allie Leingang placed second behind Rennegarbe with an 81. Also advancing were Meaghan Kreighbaum (87) and Kate Frerking (101) of Freeburg, Marissa Ferguson of DuQuoin (88), Kendra Kessler of Sparta with a 92, Lacey McTall of Centralia (97), Teri Hartmann of Red Bud (103), Ellie Carlson of Pinckneyville (105), Stacey Whaley of Marissa (107) and Jerrica Haley of Waltonville (107).

But the day belonged to the Hornettes.

After struggling a bit on the front nine, Nashville bounced back with strong play coming down the stretch according to coach Doug Kell.

"I was very happy with the way we finished. We struggled a little bit early, but the first four holes are killers. We just kept battling,'' Kell said. "I think five of our six players had better scores on the back nine and that was good to see.

"I was very pleased with Madison (Frerker). That (94) might have been a personal best.''

Waterloo coach Dave Stites also was pleased with what he saw from the Bulldogs, who claimed their first sectional bid in at least six years.

"I know it's been longer than that, because I've been here six years and we've never advanced until today,'' Stites said. "We also struggled on the front nine, but instead of putting our heads down, we just kept battling and played well enough to advance.

"Haley (Faus) had a good day for us and Kasey Bradley (101), Brooke Kean (105) and Kaitlyn Storm (104) all played very solid golf. I'm very proud of my team."

Third-place Okawville was led by Kara Schnoeker's 87. The Rockets also got rounds of 102 from Abbie Brown and 105 from Kendall Lintker. Meg Schnoeker rounded out the top four scores for Okawville with a 115.

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