The Lady Patriots’ senior Paige Ellerbusch recovered nicely from a figurative “sub-par” performance in the Patriot Invitational on Sept. 7 to take her first career win at Union County Country Club. In the process, she also posted her first literal sub-par round with a one under 35. In her first-ever under par round, Ellerbusch had the “flat stick” working, needing only 12 putts over the nine-hole format.
Massac’s ladies carded a team score of 156 to take a 14-stroke win over second place Herrin. Eldorado was a distant third with a team score of 180. Individually, Brittany Reynolds followed with a 39 for Massac. Sophomore Carlin Flannery and senior Ali Eickholz each came in at 42.
In other action last week, the girls were without Eickholz Thursday at Hickory Ridge outside of Carbondale in a match won by Centralia. Addie Gray tied for overall medalist with 36. Ellerbusch scored 38.
The Patriot golf team rebounded from their loss to the McCracken County Mustangs with a home win over Carterville on Sept. 10. The boys carded a 158 to 162 for the Lions. Luke Wieneke and Brock Burnham shot 39s to lead the Pats, while Zach Burnham and Jon Duley signed for 40s. Jacob Eklund of Carterville was the overall medalist with a 36.
The boys played this past weekend in a 39-team extravaganza held at Mattoon Country Club and nearby Meadow View Golf Course. The player-friendly Meadow View course yielded some impressive opening round scores for the 19 teams in the same grouping as Massac — one group of 19 teams and one group of 20 teams competed simultaneously — but the “old school” Mattoon Country Club track took its toll on everyone in Saturday’s play.
The Massac grouping was won by Quincy followed by Normal and Barrington. The Patriots finished ninth.
Patriot Coach Gary Adkins said: “We were really looking forward to this tournament. We knew we would get a good look at some really good teams. I was a little disappointed in our mental toughness and our course management though. The Mattoon layout was a tough one with small, sloping greens that were really fast and tight fairways. But it didn’t just hurt us, it was rough on all the other teams, too. This is what we need to help us improve, it showed some weaknesses.”