Boys first, girls third at Patriot Invitational
by By Galen Shelton
Sep 14, 2011 | 1612 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Saturday arrived cloaked in heavy fog and threatened the start of Massac County’s Patriot Invitational golf tournament held at Metropolis Country Club.

But by 9:30 a.m., the fog was gone and the sun was breaking through the clouds. With a beautiful day unfolding, things only got better for the Patriot golf teams.

Led by Dalton Korte’s two under par 69, the Patriot boys overcame a tremendous three man show by Hamilton County to post a two stroke victory over the Foxes. Hamilton County had three boys shoot one over par 72s to hold Massac’s feet to the fire. However, it takes four scores to win and therein laid the rub for Hamilton.

Korte’s 69 was followed by a 74 by Drake Stepter, Zach Burnham’s 76 and Mitchell Stegman’s 79.

Hamilton had three boys shoot one over par 72s but their fourth and telling score was an 84 and Massac got the better of the Foxes for the second time this year.

Massac’s two victories over the Foxes have been by a combined three strokes. Massac placed three boys in the top 10 scorers [Korte, Stepter and Burnham] while the Hamilton County trio of Kent Gregory, Marc Cox and John O’Daniel tied for second with 72s.

Massac’s girls team turned in an equally impressive performance, finishing third in a strong field that included teams from Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois.

Paducah Tilghman won the team title with a score of 323 and Calloway County took second with a score of 329.

With four girls shooting in the 80s, Massac was only one stroke out of second with a 330.

Sami Weber shot 80 even with Kirsten Faulkner and Peyton Helm both firing 82s. Elaney Sommer shot 86 to bring Massac’s score in at 330.

While the girls’ third place showing might not be quite up to their lofty expectations, it was better than a couple of their erstwhile rivals, Nashville and Eldorado.

While Nashville’s “show pony” Shawn Rennegarbe, who is one of southern Illinois’ best female prep golfers, did take home medalist honors with a fine 72, Massac’s balanced scoring was enough to overcome Rennegarbe’s effort.

Likewise for Eldorado, which sports a pair of youngsters in the Goodley sisters who will be forces to reckoned with for a while. The Goodley girls both finished in the top 10 scorers while Massac’s lone representative was Weber with her 80.

But that scorecard requires four signatures and that plays right into Massac’s hand.

Coach Kim Hille also reported her freshmen turned in good showings in the P.I. Brittany Reynolds, Addie Gray and Paige Ellerbusch shot scores of 97, 101 and 107 respectively for Massac.

Both teams were in action Monday afternoon and both recorded wins.

Mitch Stegman birdied the first playoff hole against Nashville’s Kyle Mueller after both shot 36s in regulation to win the medalist honors and lead Massac’s boys to a two stroke win over the Hornets.

Burnham, Korte and Stepter were hot on Stegman’s heels with scores of 37, 37 and 39 respectively to round out Massac’s card.

The girls played at The Gambit in Vienna and cruised to a win also.

Weber again led the girls with a 39 while Laura Bremer, Ali Eickholz and Sommer shot 41, 42 and 43 respectively.
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