BLOOMINGTON — Things played similarly for the St. Anthony Bulldogs during Saturday’s round at the Class 1A state tournament.
St. Anthony came into the day with a score of +49, and finished round two at a score of +50 for a combined score of +99. The only change was their place, as they entered in eighth and finished ninth for the tournament.
“We did okay, we teed off on Saturday and it was like 36 degrees and then the wind kicked up,” said St. Anthony coach Phil Zaccari. “We did the best we could, and we didn’t putt real well.”
Connor Greene had the low day for St. Anthony with a 79, Garrett Hixenbaugh shot an 85, Jared Hutchison finished with an 83 and Nick Wortman shot a 91 during Saturday’s play. Those four made up St. Anthony’s total team score in that respective order with both days’ scores combined.
In individual play, Neoga’s Luke Baker had a much better second day, finishing with a 77 after a first-round 85. Baker played the front nine at even par, making birdie on the fourth but bogeying the third. He came back in with a 41.
Baker’s second round effort pushed him from 57th place on Friday to a tie for 30th overall in the state as a sophomore.
St. Anthony does bring five of their six golfers back next year, losing Nick Wortman to graduation.
“We’re very happy we were there, because a lot of people wrote us off early,” Zaccari said.
Wilson moves up
Effingham’s Morgan Wilson shared the kind of luck Baker had in Bloomington, shooting an 83 on Saturday to shoot up the scoreboard.
Wilson shot an 87 in the first round and improved in the second, while many around her had a much tougher day at Red Tail Run in Decatur.
She entered Saturday’s play in 43rd place, but by shaving four strokes off her round from Friday, she shot up 11 spots and finished the state tournament in 32nd place.