High School Sports

Nashville posts narrow win over Althoff at Mascoutah Invitational

Nobody was more pleased than Nashville coach Doug Kell after his Hornettes captured the Mascoutah Girls Invitational for the second time in three years Saturday at The Hills Golf Club at McKendree University.

And nobody was more shocked than Kell, either.

Jill Guetersloh shot an 84 and three Nashville teammates added rounds of 94 or better as Nashville nipped defending Class A state champion Althoff by a stroke on a rainy day in Lebanon.

The Class A state champions in 2013, Nashville also got a round of 87 from Hope Rueter, a 90 from Sarah Guetersloh and a 94 from Rachael Kell as it survived a miserable day on the greens to finish with a score of 355. Althoff, led by individual champion Gabby David, finished at 356.

The win is the second of the week for Nashville, which opened its 2015 season by winning the Nashville Invitational.

Kell, who coached Nashville to four straight top five finishes in the Class A state finals from 2010-13, was pleased that his team — featuring four sophomores and two juniors — was able to defeat the more-experienced Althoff squad.

But Kell was anything but pleased with how his team was on the greens.

To start with, Nashville’s top player — Rueter — had at least three putts on eight of her last 10 holes. According to Kell, the rest of the Hornettes weren’t much better.

“I guess we had 20-25 three-putt greens today and we were still able to win by the golf tournament by a stroke. If we have half that many we win by 10 or 12 strokes,’’ Kell said. “The only thing I can think of is that when we started this morning, the greens were really fast. Then we had the (rain ) delay and when we came back they were much slower. But by the end of the day, they were speeding up a little bit again.

“I guess we didn’t do a very good job of adjusting. But considering that we don’t have a senior in our top six players, to be able to come in her and beat two very good programs in Althoff and Massac County, I’m pleased. One stroke or 10, I’ll take it.’’

Another Class A state power, Massac County placed third with a score of 367.

For David, it was her second tournament win of the week.

Individual champion of the Haas-Goalby Invitational on Thursday at St. Clair Country Club in Belleville, David shook off a triple bogey on her fourth hole to shoot a 79 and tie O’Fallon’s Emily Marrs for low score.

David then made a birdie on the first sudden-death hole – the par-4 eighth hole – to claim the individual title.

“It (No. 8) is pretty short. It was playing maybe 250 yards today. I hit a good drive to maybe 15 yards of the green. Then I hit my wedge and left myself a 15-footer for birdie. It was downhill and I hit a good putt. I’m just glad it went in,’’ David said. “I’m playing pretty good golf right now. But I can always do better.”

Senior Alaina Irwin had an 81 for Althoff. Sophomore Tia Kimbrough shot 95 and senior Heather Gosebrink added a 102.

Other local players shooting rounds of 90 or better and earning medals were Natalie Meinkoth of Mascoutah (87), Haley Faus of Waterloo (87), Breanna Benardin of Triad (87), Colette Thro of Belleville East (88) and Mikaleen Lawrence of Mater Dei (89).

Contact reporter Dean Criddle at dcriddle@bnd.com or 618-239-2661.