Effingham's depth up and down the lineup has been key all season for the Hearts, with any of their golfers capable of shooting a low round.
It was the fifth man that kept their season alive Tuesday, as Sean Sandifer broke a tie with Salem to give Effingham third place at the Mt. Vernon regional and the final team spot in Saturday's Salem Sectional. Both Effingham and Salem shot 328s, finishing behind Centralia (316) and Troy Triad (326). Sandifer's 89 was better than Salem's Will Fulkerson and his 92, keeping the Hearts' season alive until at least Saturday. Not only was Sandifer ahead of Fulkerson, sixth man Brandon Dahnke finished with a 90 in 36th, besting Salem's fifth man as well."Sean Sandifer said to me, 'After I shot 47 on the front, I could hear you saying, "Keep playing, keep playing, your score might count,"'" said Effingham coach Jeff Schafer. Jackson Wendling took third overall after winning last year's Effingham Regional, shooting a 77 overall and finishing behind medalist Austin Buente from Triad (73) and Centralia's Tylor McDaniel (76). While he didn't win the individual trophy, Wendling had some heroics of his own. Wendling made a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, pushing the Hearts into a tie with Salem as the Hearts' last man on the course. He placed his approach 25 feet below the hole, and sunk the huge putt to tie up the regional. "He came up big time like a big time player has to," Schafer said. "He didn't know the situation, but on the 18th tee, I told him to make two good shots. We knew that would tie us with Salem." Jake Linders tied for sixth overall with a 79. Freshman Callaway Smith came in 19th for Effingham with an 85 and sophomore Reed Schafer carded an 87 for 25th place. The Hearts move on to Salem Saturday, where they will look to lower their scores and make a push for a trip to state next week."We got strong leadership from the top three, and our other three guys chipped in, we got really good play from our last three guys," Jeff Schafer said.Salem's 328 came was made up of Robbie Foreman's 78, Joe Tolliver's 80, Sam Beavin's 83 and Nathan Williams' 87.
RESULTS 1. Centralia 316, 2. Troy Triad 326, 3. Effingham 328, 4. Salem 328, 5. Highland 335, 6. Mt. Vernon 343, 7. Greenville 347, 8. Olney 371, 9. Breese Central 394, 10. Hillsboro 395Effingham: Wendling 77; Linders 79; Smith 85; Schafer 87; Sandifer 89; Dahnke 90Medalist: Buente (Triad) 73Advancing individuals: Foreman (S) 78; Loyet (HL) 79; Wernle (G) 79; Tolliver (S) 80; Beavin (S) 83; Meyer (MtV) 83; Pickett (G) 83; Taylor (O) 83; Portrell (HL) 84; Johnson (HL) 85
Bulldogs best at own regionalGarrett Hixenbaugh may have been bested in a three-hole playoff for regional championship honors by Robinson's Tom Goodman, but his Bulldogs bested the Maroons for the team St. Anthony Regional title Tuesday.Hixenbaugh and Goodman each shot 75s, but St. Anthony's team score of 317 was good enough to best Robinson's 321 on the day."It's our home course and they play it all the time," said St. Anthony coach Phil Zaccari. "They know where to go, where not to go, and that was one of the definite advantages we had today, especially over Robinson."Both teams move on to sectionals, along with the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes, who took third in the regional with a score of 360. While St. Anthony won its eighth straight regional crown and 13th out of the last 15, Teutopolis was making history of their own. "This is the first time in boys golf history that we've moved on as a team," said Teutopolis coach Andy Fehrenbacher. "I'm very proud of our boys, they stepped up and I thought we had good leadership from our seniors."Altamont was eliminated as a team, with their score of 377 earning fifth. However, Griffin Jackman's 84 and Adam Mayhaus' 87 were among the top 10 individual scores and both Indians' golfers will advance as well. The Bulldogs, the Wooden Shoes, and Jackman and Mayhaus will play in Monday's sectional at Robinson. The Bulldogs will look to turn Robinson's home course advantage on them Monday. "We're going to have to chip and putt better than we did today," Zaccari said. "We're going to go down and play (Quail Creek in Robinson) Friday."Hixenbaugh led the way with a 75 for St. Anthony and his par on the third playoff hole was bested by Goodman's birdie. Nick Wortman carded a solid round with a 78, Connor Greene came in with an 80 and Jared Hutchison and Jeff Niebrugge both shot 84s. Sam Wortman shot an 89 in a non-scoring effort. While Hixenbaugh led the card, Zaccari was impressed with Nick Wortman's play, especially after a rough ninth hole."He double bogeyed nine and instead of going 'I double bogeyed', he eagled 10," Zaccari said. "He's learned anything can happen and you've got to keep struggling and striving."(Garrett) was very solid today, and that's what he's very capable of. He had one double bogey, one bad hole, but he bounced back well."For Teutopolis, senior Chad Zerrusen and freshman Christian Deters each shot 85s, Justin Kowalski finished with a 90 and Kyle Brumleve carded an even 100 to finish the Shoes' scorecard as the Shoes' other two seniors. Evan Schlink shot a 102 and Ryan Sandschafer finished with a 103. The Shoes advance, but have some work to do to make a run at sectionals. "Now for sectionals, we're going to have to play a little bit better," Fehrenbacher said. "All of them came in and said 'I think I could have been better on the green.' They were positive and they want to continue."
Altamont's day was rounded out by Justin McGinnis' 96, a 110 by Logan Deadmond and a 121 by Cameron Jackman.
RESULTS1. St. Anthony 317, 2. Robinson 321, 3. Teutopolis 360, 4. Flora 375, 5. Altamont 377, 6. Lawrenceville 386, 7. Bridgeport 393, 8. Pana 424St. Anthony: Hixenbaugh 75; N. Wortman 78; Greene 80; Hutchison 84; Niebrugge 84; S. Wortman 89Teutopolis: Zerrusen 85; Deters 85; Kowalski 85; Brumleve 100; Schlink 102; Sandschafer 103Altamont: G. Jackman 84; Mayhaus 87; McGinnis 96; Deadmond 110; C. Jackman 121Medalist: Goodman (Robinson) 75Advancing individuals: J. Casolari (F) 76; Breault (RH) 82; G. Jackman (A) 84; Hosick (Cisne) 84; R. Casolari (85); Caudle (Wayne City) 86; Simpson (Fairfield) 87; Mayhaus (A) 87; Abell (RH) 89; Bobe (L) 91
Three advance from Cumberland regionalWhile Cumberland and Windsor brought up the rear at the Cumberland regional Tuesday, three local golfers will be moving on to sectionals next week. Neoga's Luke Baker, the Indians' lone golfer, was one of the bright spots of the tournament, as the sophomore shot a 75 on the day and took third overall in the tournament, moving to the Bismarck-Henning Sectional next Monday in Danville. The Pirates shot a team 440 for 10th and Windsor finished with a 442 for 11th, but each team sent on one golfer of their own to Danville. Windsor's Tristan Warner shot an 89 and took fifth among non-automatic qualifiers, earning a spot at Bismarck-Henning. Cumberland's T.J. Thomas shot a 94, good for 10th among individuals and took the last spot in next week's sectional.