Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


August 21, 2013

Bulldogs bounce back in Normal Take third at Redbird/Raider Classic

NORMAL — Coming off a fifth-place finish in its season opener, St. Anthony rebounded Tuesday with a third-place finish at the Redbird/Raider Classic.

The Bulldogs finished the day with a 313 team score, behind first place East Peoria's 307 and Lockport's 308.

St. Anthony played well outside its rank at Illinois State University's Weibring Golf Course, taking down a number of bigger schools in a 21-team field.

"This tournament here, we were the lone single-A school," said St. Anthony coach Phil Zaccari. "It's amazing what a day will do. I'm very proud of them.

The Bulldogs were paced by a pair of 76s from Connor Greene and Garrett Hixenbaugh. They were only similar in number, however, as Hixenbaugh birdied three of the final five holes to turn a 7-over into a 4-over. Both golfers tied for 10th overall.

St. Anthony's score was boosted by an 80 from Nick Wortman, up from an 86 during Monday's St. Anthony Invitational in Windsor.

"Nick made a commitment after yesterday to never give up on his round, and it paid off today," Zaccari said.

Jared Hutchison also got in on the scoring, finishing with a solid 81 after being disqualified Monday. Sam Wortman shot a 92 and Jeff Niebrugge carded a 94.

St. Anthony will head to Macomb over the weekend, facing Pleasant Plains at 2 p.m. Friday and taking part in the Macomb Invitational Saturday morning.


1. East Peoria 307, 2. Lockport 308, 3. St. Anthony 313, 4. Rockton Honenegah 315, 4. U-High 315, 4. Lincoln 315, 7. Peoria Notre Dame 316, 8. Macomb 317, 9. Mahomet-Seymour 321, 9. Mattoon 321, 11. Porta 328, 12. St. Viator 329, 13. Glenbard West 330, 14. Bartonville Limestone 335, 15. Davenport Assumption 337, 16. Harlem Park 343, 17. Mt. Zion 345, 18. Bloomington 348 19. Champaign Central 349, 20. Galesburg 350, 21. St. Thomas More 356

St. Anthony: 10. Garrett Hixenbaugh 76, 10. Connor Greene 76, 32. Nick Wortman 80, 46. Jared Hutchison 81, 98. Sam Wortman 92, 105 Jeff Niebrugge 94

Medalist: Lockport's Gehrig Hollatz, 70

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