RYAN CZACHORSKI Daily News
Effingham Daily News
---- — 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.
Zaccari said he expects the Bulldogs to have some of the earliest tee times of the day Friday.
It’s thanks to their level-headed play on a tough course Monday that allowed them to head to Bloomington
“It’s not an easy course to begin with, they used to host a PGA tournament there,” Zaccari said. “You had to know how to putt or there were going to be some big numbers. Our guys never quit, they never threw in the towel.”
The Bulldogs’ trip to state was shortened last year due to inclement weather conditions on day two of the tournament, and St. Anthony finished eighth in Class 1A.
St. Anthony finished sixth in 2011 and second in 2010, but return no golfers from those teams. Only Hixenbaugh and Greene golfed at last year’s tournament.
1. Nashville 323, 2. Hamilton County 324, 3. St. Anthony 331, 4. Robinson 336, 5. Carmi-White County 340, 6. Carlyle 343, 7. Carterville 351, 8. Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran 357, 9. Breese Mater Dei 367, 10. Chester 380, 11. Teutopolis 394, 12. Okawville 403
St. Anthony: Hixenbaugh 77; N. Wortman 87; Greene 79; Hutchison 88; Niebrugge 91; S. Wortman 103
Teutopolis: Zerrusen 87; Deters 95; Kowalski 105; Brumleve 128; Schlink 108; Sandschafer 107
Altamont: Mayhaus 98; G. Jackman 111
Sectional champion: Vaughan (HC) 74
Advancing individuals: Eklund (Carterville) 75; Grote (CCORL) 76; J. Casolari (Flora) 77; Mott (Vienna) 77; Range (Waterloo Gibault) 78; Vaughan (CWC) 80; Northcott (CWC) 80; Goodman (R) 81; Jansen (Carlyle) 82; Murphy (Mt. olive) 82
Baker advances at B-H
Neoga’s Luke Baker, Windsor’s Tristan Warner and Cumberland’s T.J. Thomas all golfed as individuals at the Bismarck-Henning Sectional Monday, but only Baker advanced to state.
The Neoga sophomore carded an 85 on the day, and was part of a five-man playoff for the final four spots to advance to the state tournament. He bested the fifth man, Fieldcrest’s Jordan Cochran, and moved on to state.
It’s Baker’s first trip to state, after advancing to sectionals as a freshman last year.
Warner shot a 91 on the day, missing the playoff by six strokes, and T.J. Thomas finished with a 104 to end his season.
Sectional champion: Bott (B-H) 71
Advancing individuals: York (Decatur Lutheran) 71; Gold (Eureka) 76; Kennedy (Henry-Senachwine) 76; Rowe (Oakwood) 81; Potts (Blue Ridge) 84; Laukaitis (Decatur St. Teresa) 84; Kile (Shiloh) 85; Jayne (BR) 85; Marr (Heyworth) 85; Baker (Neoga) 85