The weather for Monday’s IHSA Class A golf sectional held at Salem Country Club was befitting this COVID-19 year. It was all over the place. Starting off great, then misting rain, 10 minutes or so of howling winds, a little more mist and then, for 30 minutes or so, sunshine and a mild breeze to wind things up.
Massac County’s girls held their own in the unsettled elements and played pretty solid. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to secure the sectional title which also marked the end of the season for all Class A golfers. Mt. Carmel’s “Aces” clipped Effingham St. Anthony by nine strokes and ended up 23 strokes better than Massac to earn the sectional title.
Mt. Carmel’s 312 team score was anchored by their sophomore duo of Lillian Gottman who led the field with a 71 and Madelyn Young who turned in the third best score of 74. Hamilton County’s Kylee Vaughan, a name the Lady Pats are familiar with, shot 78 for sixth place overall.
Massac County was led in scoring by senior McKinnley Korte and freshman Elise Coakley who both shot 83. Seniors Lily Conkle finished with an 84 and senior Alexis Frazine rounded out Massac’s scoring with an 85. Sophomore Josie Walker played a very tidy outward nine holes but stumbled a little in her final nine holes to finish with a respectable 88. Junior Delaney Williams carded an even 100.
With leaves and pine needles littering the entire course and a stiff breeze blowing them helter-skelter, Salem Country Club showed its teeth Monday. For Massac County, it surely wasn’t the desired outcome but in this most unusual year, it sort of fit the bill. Although the conditions weren’t comfortable for the most part, at least it wasn’t spitting snow.
Graduation will hit the lady Pats hard this year but the program has a way of producing what it needs from one year to the next and next year will undoubtedly be no different. Congratulations to the girls and new head coach Mallory McVey on another fine year.