ROBINSON — St. Anthony’s boys golf teams are no strangers to heading up to the state golf tournament.
While they didn’t take home a sectional crown to match their regional one, the Bulldogs did place third and will make what seems to be an annual pilgrimage to Bloomington this weekend for their eighth straight state tournament.
The Bulldogs shot a 331 team score at Quail Creek in Robinson, finishing behind Nasvhille’s 323 and Hamilton County’s 324. They took the third spot over nine other schools, besting the hosting Robinson Maroons’ score of 336.
“Getting out of Sectionals is the hard part,” said St. Anthony coach Phil Zaccari. “We’re one of the last 12 teams left, this is fun now. A lot of schools went down today.”
Teutopolis also competed at the Sectional, finishing 11th of 12 teams with a score of 394.
Chad Zerrusen led Teutopolis with an 87, finishing five strokes off the individual pace. Christian Deters finished with a 95, Justin Kowalski shot a 105 and Ryan Sandschafer recorded a 107.
Altamont’s Adam Mayhaus and Griffin Jackman also competed as individuals, and were eliminated from state contention, falling outside the individual top 10. Mayhaus carded a 98 while Jackman finished the day with a 111.
Teutopolis coach Andy Fehrenbacher and Altamont coach John Niebrugge were not available for comment.
Garrett Hixenbaugh shot a 77 to top St. Anthony, finishing with the fourth-best individual round of the day. Connor Greene came in right behind him with a 79, good for eighth overall.
While those two paced the Bulldog effort, Nick Wortman recovered from a tough front nine and came in with an 87 on the day after his final nine holes.
“When we came in with that score (Nick Wortman’s 87), I was pretty sure we’d make it to state,” Zaccari said.
And they did. They advance to the state tournament at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington Friday and Saturday.