MATTOON — Effingham coach Jerry Trigg figured if his girls wanted to advance to sectionals, they’d need to get third and best Pana at the Class 1A Cumberland Regional Wednesday.
He was half right.
The Flaming Hearts took third with a team score of 401, good enough to keep their team’s season alive. What was wrong about that assumption was that Pana took second, leaving Effingham just three strokes ahead of St. Anthony’s 404.
“The girls played well and we really didn’t have our sights set on St. Anthony,” Trigg said. “I knew we needed to get third, I didn’t think we’d need to beat St. Anthony. We didn’t realize it would be Pana getting the second spot.”
Mt. Carmel won the regional at Meadowview Country Club, scoring a 80 and Pana took second with a 399. Teutopolis finished fifth with a 460.
Effingham was led by Morgan Wilson’s 88, the third-lowest score of any golfer Wednesday.
“Morgan’s our leader in every way,” Trigg said. “She talks to them every time, and she’s a great leader.”
Hope Collier shot a 99, Alex Brummer finished with a 105 and Kaylee Tonn carded a 109, one of the Hearts’ most consistent efforts of the year.
“Kaylee, she’s steadly improved all year (and) Hope can do anything,” Trigg said. “It’ll be a very good field. We’re hoping to continue to improve our scores.”
Despite their teams being eliminated, St. Anthony and Teutopolis will have plenty of golfers at next Monday’s Effingham Sectional along with the Flaming Hearts.
In an odd scoring quirk, St. Anthony’s top four golfers didn’t have a low enough score to beat the top three teams, but all four golfers are advancing to sectionals as individuals.
Madison and Mariah Bushue had the second lowest individual scores of the day, both posting 90s. Kelsea Dust advanced with a 111, and Abby Brown grabbed one of the final two spots with a 113.
They’ll be joined by Teutopolis’ Casey Willenborg (109), Haley Giles (111) and Ellie Ruholl (113).
Katie Thoele shot a 127 to round out Teutopolis’ day, which was a bit tougher than anticipated, said coach Andy Fehrenbacher.
“It was a good day, it was a nice day, I just think a lot of girls weren’t too familiar with the course,” he said. “There’s a lot of prairie grass, tall grass that can cause trouble, and there’s a lot of sand and water.”
Giles advances to sectionals in her senior year along with Ruholl, who both make it for their second straight seasons. Willenborg advances as a junior, having missed last year with an injury.
“Overall, the scores weren’t necessarily the best, but looking at scores from a lot of the other girls they were good enough to advance,” Fehrenbacher said.
That sectional will be played Monday morning at Effingham Country Club.
1. Mt. Carmel 380, 2. Pana 399, 3. Effingham 401, 4. St. Anthony 404, 5. Teutopolis 460, 6. Oblong 573
Effingham: Wilson 88; Collier 99; Brummer 105; Tonn 109; Weis 122
St. Anthony: Mar. Bushue 90; Mad. Bushue 90; Dust 111; Brown 113; Burton 117; Schmidt DQ
Teutopolis: Willenborg 109, Giles 111, Ruholl 113, K. Thoele 127
Regional champion: Emma Kieffer (Mt. Carmel) 83, won on a playoff
Advancing individuals: Tewell (Red Hill) 83; Williams (Flora 93); Mad. Bushue (SA) 90; Mar. Bushue (SA) 90; Willenborg (T) 109; Dust (SA) 111; Giles (T) 111; Hildebrand (Marshall) 111; Ruholl (T) 113; Brown (SA) 113