CARLYLE — Effingham St. Anthony High School had the best team and individual effort at Monday's Class A Breese Central girls' golf sectional at Governor's Run Golf Course in Carlyle, winning the team even running away led by senior Jaclyn Jansen's medalist effort.

The Bulldogs blistered the course with a school-record team score of 299, a 31-stroke improvement over last year's sectional title score on the same course in a 330-348 win over second-place Hillsboro.

St. Anthony also beat out the same team for the title, beating the Hiltoppers' 327 effort by 28 strokes this time around.

Speaking of improvements, Jansen shot a four-under par 68 Monday to earn medalist honors after a three-hole playoff with Hillsboro senior Brooke Beeler.

Beeler was the medalist at Governor's Run a year ago with a 67 while Jansen struggled to a 79.

This year, Beeler had to close with two birdies and an eagle just to force the playoff, but Jansen showed some grit in sinking a third-hole birdie putt to ensure herself the individual honors.

"Jaclyn showed the composure of a champion today," said St. Anthony coach Kevin Behl. "Our top three were relaxed and confident today. They were focused and didn't get into any trouble."

Senior Kathryn Koester shot the best round of her career with a two-under par 70. The Eastern Illinois University recruit chipped in for an eagle on her 18th and final hole of the day.

Emily Calhoon, a junior, got her iron play back in order and consequently shot an excellent score of 76 while junior Lauren Kabbes rounded out the team score with an 85.

St. Anthony's prior school-record score, set earlier this year, was 310. This is the third time this season the Bulldogs have bested the previous school record.

Kabbes' 85 equaled the second-best score from Hillsboro, shot by senior Katie Homa. Kelly McHugh wasn't far behind with an 89 while Taylor Behl, called into action with Shelby Spruell battling the flu, carded a 99 in her first-ever postseason round.

"In the past, the fourth score has always been the concern," said Coach Behl. "This year is different."

As the top two teams, St. Anthony and Hillsboro both advance to the state finals on Friday and Saturday at Stone Creek Golf Course in Makanda.

The Bulldogs came within two strokes of a state title last year at Hickory Ridge Public Golf Center in Carbondale, leading by five shots after the first day before eventually falling to Massac County (Metropolis). Hillsboro was fourth a year ago.

Anyone in the state with a bit of girls' golf knowledge has known since then that St. Anthony is this year's Class A favorite to earn that title, and earning that first-place hardware has been chief amongst the Bulldogs' goals for this season.

"We've completed the first two steps toward our season goal," said Behl. "We're looking forward to going to state and finishing the year strong. The girls know what they need to do to overcome last year's finish, and they are getting the job done."

Other Area Competitors

While St. Anthony was the big story at Governor's Run, a handful of other area golfers also sealed their ticket to state with strong individual performances.

Teutopolis missed the team cut by a wide margin despite taking third place overall with a score of 368, but two Wooden Shoe golfers will be off to the finals anway.

Senior Holly Ziegler shot a school record 83 to move on to Makanda, carding birdies on two of her last three holes to qualify as the fifth-place individual not a member of St. Anthony or Hillsboro.

Another senior, Maria Dust, scored a personal best at 85 to also qualify individually.

T-town's team total of 368 actually ranked as the seventh-best amongst all Class A sectionals, but the Shoes were unfortunately stuck in a sectional with two of the best teams in the state.

Beecher City senior Jennifer Holland will also be moving on to state for a second straight year after scoring an 81. She shot an 83 to advance from Governor's Run last year, as did Cumberland's Holly Shupe.

Shupe, another senior, fell off a stroke to an 84 but is still moving on as an individual. Decatur St. Teresa sophomore Gabbi Scheuerman was the top individual qualifier with a 74.

Effingham's Katie Klosterman advances to Class AA state golf meet

SAVOY — Effingham High School sophomore Katie Klosterman will be making her first trip to the Class AA state golf finals this weekend after finishing amongst the top nine individual scorers at Monday's Champaign Central Sectional.

While Effingham finished in last place out of nine teams at the University of Illinois Orange Course in Savoy, Klosterman carded a round of 84 to put her amongst the top eight golfers not a part of the two advancing squads.

Marion was the top advancer with a 330 while Edwardsville was close behind at 337 and Quincy Notre Dame missed the cut at 347.

Springfield senior Hannah Bachman shot a 75 to earn the top individual qualification slot as well as the meet's medalist honors.

Two other golfers, Salem junior Taylor Landers and Champaign Centennial freshman Lizzy Dombroski, shot rounds of 84 to join Klosterman at state.

No other EHS scoring information was available to the Daily News.

Klosterman will be at the Hickory Ridge Public Golf Center on Friday and Saturday for state competition.

Class AA Salem Boys' Sectional

Junior Stephen Powell and freshman Brandon Glotfelty did not advance out of the Class AA Salem Sectional at Salem Country Club, but Coach Jeff Schafer says their experience will be a big lift in the future.

"Stephen and Brandon got a tast of what it's like playing in the sectional," said Schafer. "Stephen played well, but had one bad hole that cost him. He has really improved a lot since last year and is already talking about what he needs to work on to take his game to another level.

"Brandon played well for most of the day but had a few bad holes toward the end. He had a solid freshman season and became our No. 2 player; he'll get bigger and stronger in the next two years and become a good player for us.

"Both of these guys will be back to lead us next year."

Powell finished with a 43-40 — 83 while Glotfelty had a 49-41 — 90.

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