Hornettes in command at Class A girls state golf tournament

News-DemocratOctober 19, 2013 

The Nashville Hornettes are halfway home.

Seniors Shawn Rennegarbe and Natalie Johnson shot rounds of 70 and 75 to give Nashville a six-shot lead after the first day of competition at the Class A girls state golf tournament at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur.

A three-time all state player, Rennegarbe's two-under-par 70 led the way for Nashville, which holds the lead over Rochester (331) and Massac County (339).

Rennegarbe, who placed second a year ago and has three straight top-10 finishes to her credit, trails defending state champion Sabrina Bonanno of (Norridge) Ridgewood by three strokes heading into the final round.

Bonanno shot a 67 on Friday.

Johnson's 75 leaves her in a tie for fifth. Madi May shot 88 and Madison Frerker added a 92 to round out the top four scores for Nashville.

Individually, Columbia senior Allie Leingang is in 12th, after shooting a 79. Civic Memorial senior Marlee Clouatre is tied for 17th, following an 81.

Althoff sophomore Gabby David is another shot back, tied for 22nd with an 82. Also in the top 30 is Sparta senior Kendra Kessler, who tied for 26th, after shooting 83.

Okawville's Kara Schnoeker is tied for 44th, after an 88.

Class AA Girls

Edwardsville senior Emilee Flaugher shot an even-par 72 and is tied for fourth place after the first round of the Class AA girls state tournament at Hickory Point Golf Course in Forsyth.

Flaugher had 12 pars, three birdies and three bogeys on the par-72 course and trails Isabella Kane of (Wilmette) Loyola Academy with 18 holes remaining.

Kane fired a 4-under 68 and leads both Bing Singhsumalee of (Aurora) Waubonsie Valley and Jessica Yuen of (Naperville) Neuqua Valley by three strokes.

Flaugher proved to be the lone bright spot on a tough day for Edwardsville, which is 11th in the 12-team tournament with a score of 359.

Loyola Academy leads at 299.

Ashlea Hearn and Eryn Coppersmith added rounds of 94 for the Tigers, while Kiley Reeder rounded out their top four with a 99.

Alton junior Tori Hays is tied for 53rd place after shooting an 82. Highland senior Shanna Welz is tied for 86th with an 88.

Class 2A Boys

Triad senior Austin Buente shot a 4-over-par 75 and is tied for ninth after the first round of the Class 2A boys state tournament at Weibring Golf Course in Normal.

Buente, whose older brother Blaine Buente placed second at the Class 2A event a year ago, made an eagle-2 on the par-4 10th hole and went on to shoot a 35 on the back nine.

East Peoria sophomore David Perkins owns the first-round lead after firing a 68.

Buente wasn't the only local player to shine at Weibring. Columbia senior Michael Barker is tied for 14th after shooting a 76, while Highland senior Jesse Johnson is tied for 47th with a round of 82.

Pontiac (312) holds a one-shot lead over Dunlap (313) in the team competition.

Class A Boys

The Nashville Hornets struggled down the stretch during the first round of the Class 1A boys state tournament and find themselves out of contention for a trophy at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington.

Seniors Jordan Harre and Kyler Spencer both shot rounds of 81, while Brendan Holzhauer (85) and Tyler Wall (91) rounded out Nashville's 338.

El Paso leads the team competition with a 316.

Carlyle senior Brandon Jansen is tied for 48th after an 83. Gibault junior Sam Range is tied for 63rd with an 86.

Chris Tate of (Champaign) St. Thomas More has the first-round lead after a 68.

Class 3A Boys

The lone metro-east player in the field, Collinsville senior Keenai Sampson, fired a 78 and is tied for 39th after the first round of the Class 3A State Golf Tournament at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington.

Brian Ohr of (Northbrook) Glenbrook North and Conor Dove of (Chicago) Whitney Young share the lead with rounds of 68.

Hinsdale Central has the lead in the team competition with a 295 total.

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