O’Fallon sophomore Marrs is regional medalist

Collinsville's Abbey Burns watches her drive during the Class AA Girls Golf Regional at Tamarack Golf Course in Shiloh on Wednesday morning.
Collinsville's Abbey Burns watches her drive during the Class AA Girls Golf Regional at Tamarack Golf Course in Shiloh on Wednesday morning. News-Democrat

The dominant Class 2A girls golf team in southern Illinois throughout the 2015 regular season, the Edwardsville Tigers continued to show no signs the postseason will be any different.

Sophomore Addasyn Zeller shot a 78 while three teammates added rounds of 84 or better as Edwardsville went on for a 17-stroke victory at the Class 2A O’Fallon Girls Golf Regional on Wednesday at Tamarack Country Club.

One week after shooting a season low 325 team score at the Southwestern Conference Tournament, the Tigers, led by Zeller and Kayla Weinacht — who added an 83 — recorded their second best 18 hole total of the season, a 329, to edge both SWC foes O’Fa. Allon (346) and Belleville East (356) for its second straight regionalB title.

“We didn’t play the best we can play. But we came close. I’ll take a 329 though. Its a good score,” Tigers coach Tresa LaBoube said. “Winning is a regional title is something we never take lightly because there were a number of good teams and players competing here today.

“Addasyn (Zeller) shooting a 78, that’s a great score anytime and the rest of the girls also played well today. I’m proud these girls and the effort they gave today. But we’ve got to go up to Bloomington on Sunday and have a great practice round for the sectional on Monday.”

Samantha Doak and Paige Hamel added rounds of 84 for Edwardsville which will compete at the Class AA Normal Community Sectional on Monday at Weibring Golf Course.

O’Fallon, which was led by individual medalist Emily Marrs, also earned a trip to the Normal U Sectional as did third-place Belleville East.

One of the most improved players in southern Illinois, Marrs recorded the biggest win of her sophomore season as scored a one-stroke victory over Zeller on the Panthers home course.

Marrs said she just tried to remain calm down the stretch and stay consistent as she had been all day.

“I don’t think this being our (O’Fallon) home course gave me or us an advantage because you’ve still got to hit the shots,” Marrs said. “I’ve worked very hard on my game and today I played well. I had some up-and-downs, but overall it was a good round. I’m pleased.”

While Marrs was a big reason for the Panthers advancement so to was senior Natalie Fix who shot a career best round of 88 for O’Fallon’s second score. Alyssa McMinn added an 89 while Brooke Boatman chipped in with a 92 for O’Fallon.

“I’m very happy for Emily (Marrs) to win the regional title and very proud of Natalie (Fix). For her being senior and coming in with a career best round of 88 in the regional was huge for her and huge for this team,” Panthers coach Chris Eddy said. “We struggled a bit on the front nine today, but I was pleased at how we battled back and played on the back nine. We can play better then we did today. But we were seeded second coming into today and that’s where we finished. We’re advancing. That’s what is important.”

Belleville East is also advancing to the sectional under the leadership of first year head coach Marcus Barriger. Colette Thro, the Lancers top player all year, led East with a solid score of 83 while Elle Munie added an 87. Daphne Lane (92) and Breanna Haas (94) rounded out the Lancers four scores.

The trip to the sectional is icing on the cake for East which steadily improved as the season went on and on Wednesday, reached another goal.

“This is a great group of girls. They’ve worked very hard all season and Elle (Munie) and Colette (Thro) have been real leaders on this team,’’ Barriger said. “At the start of the season one of our goals was to win a trophy and we did that a couple of times. Today we reached another one of our goals. I’m very proud of this golf team.’’

Several other local individuals also moved on to the Normal U Sectional with rounds of 95 or better on Wednesday.

Granite City advanced Megan Keel (87), Triad advanced Brianna Benardin (88) and Haylee Netemeyer (93) and Collinsville advanced Sidney Bost (89) and Alynnah O’Leary (95).

Dean Criddle: 618-239-2661, @CriddleDean