When the 2015 season began a little over a month ago, Althoff girls golf coach Tim Gehrs knew he had three players — Gabby David, Alaina Irwin and Tia Kimbrough — capable of shooting (nine-hole) rounds in the low 40s or better.
It was finding that fourth solid score on a consistent basis which concerned Gehrs the most.
But no longer.
With a seventh straight Belleville city title on the line Thursday, the Crusaders got a 4-over-par round of 40 from David and six Crusaders teammates shot totals of 48 or better as Althoff posted a four-stroke win over Belleville East at Clinton Hill Golf Course.
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“I’m ecstatic. There are a lot of fine players in Belleville and the competition between the three city schools is always good and so to be able to win seven straight city championships ... I couldn’t be happier,’’ Gehrs said. “Gabby (David) and Alaina (Irwin) are capable of playing better than they did today, but Tia (Kimbrough) has played well after a slow start.
“But to have four other girls shoot rounds in the 40s today, I’m just very pleased. A player like Heather (Gosebrink), who was shooting rounds in the mid to upper 50s a little over a month ago, shot 48 today. It just goes to show how far not only her, but all four of those girls have come in a short period of time.’’
David led the way for Althoff, while Kimbrough added a 43. Irwin, Maggie Tiernan and Kendyl Santos added rounds of 46 to round out the top scores for the Crusaders, who finished with a team score of 175. Gosebrink and Megan Lewis also played well, finishing with rounds of 48.
East finished second in the three-team meet with 179 total. Waterloo, led by overall medalist Haley Faus (36), ended the day at 189.
Belleville East was led by Elle Munie, who shot a 42. Colette Thro added a 44. Brenna Haas (46) and Alissa Donato (48) also helped comprise the Lancers’ team total.
The defending Class A state champions, Althoff will compete in the South Seven Conference Tournament at Green Hills Golf Course in Mount Vernon on Monday. Belleville East will play in the Southwestern Conference Tournament on Tuesday at The Orchards in Belleville.
East posts easy win over West
Junior Austin Galloway shot a 1-over 37 to lead the way for East, which romped to an easy 20-stroke win over Belleville West at Clinton Hill.
One of the longest off the tee in the SWC, Galloway kept the ball in play and used good course management skills as he claimed medalist honors in a dual match against the Lancers crosstown rivals.
“Austin is just so long off the tee that I’ve been on him to go more with a 2-iron or 3-iron off the tee to help his accuracy. In a lot of cases, he’s still not going to have more than a short iron or wedge coming in for his second shot,’’ East coach Terry Neutzling said. “I thought we played well today. We haven’t played well in a lot of our conference matches, so hopefully this will give us a little boost going into the conference tournament on Tuesday at Stonewolf.’’
Andrew O’Bryan added a 40 for East, which shot its best (nine-hole) score of the year with a 160. Garrett Dahm (41) and Davis Winn (42) rounded out the Lancers’ top four scores.
David Crosby paced West with a 43. The Maroons finished with a 180.