Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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October 20, 2009

Bulldogs break opening-day tie to win Class 1A boys golf title

BLOOMINGTON — Tied after the opening day, Effingham St. Anthony and Mount Carmel entered the second day of the Class 1A State Boys Golf Tournament ready to go to war.

The second round at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington was a battle with St. Anthony powering ahead during the front nine, giving the Northsiders some breathing room. That was good because Mount Carmel fought back on the second nine as Coach Phil Zaccari's crew didn't fare as well.

But St. Anthony held together for a six-stroke victory over Mount Carmel for its third state title. St. Anthony tallied 620 followed by Mount Carmel 626, Rockford Lutheran 629, Winnetka North Shore Country Day 638, Catlin 650, Benton 658, Raymond Lincolnwood 663, Macomb 672, Peoria Christian 674 and Rock Island Alleman 674.

"We accomplished our final goal of the season by winning the state championship," said Coach Zaccari. "Friday's round was more about surviving the conditions rather than playing golf and we did a good job putting ourselves in position for Saturday's finale. The conditions improved for Saturday and we started out on fire which probably sent waves through the tournament.

"We were making pars and birdies and the other teams started making bogies. The back nine, however, was a different story as we started to stumble on the middle holes. The team got things corrected down the stretch though to hold on for the win.

"It is great to win a state title and these guys deserve it. They have put in long hours practicing and preparing for this, so I am really excited we could finish the journey successfully."

Medalist for the state meet was Raymond Lincolnwood's Shane Convery with a 144 total. Kyle Gunther of Peoria Christian and Steve Souchek of Waterloo Gibault Catholic finished tied second with a 148 each,

St. Anthony's Kit Koerner finished fourth with a 149 as he was the rock for the Bulldogs with a front 36 and a back 39 for a 75 on the day. Also competing for the Bulldogs were Michael Koester with a 39-38 — 77 for a two-day 157, Lewis Martin with a 36-42 — 78 for a two-day 157, Michael McHugh with a 39-40 — 79 for a two-day 161, Derek Rohlfing with a 44-37 — 81 for a two-day 162 and James Jansen with a 40-47 — 87 for a two-day 165.

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