For the first time since 2004, Massac County's girls golf team won't be heading to the state finals. And for the first time in a long, long time, the Massac formula of recording four good scores failed to produce the desired results.
Despite an average score Monday of 87, the girls fell nine strokes short of moving on to Decatur. Mt. Carmel, a good team playing on their home course, shot a team score of 307, which eclipsed the score of runner-up Alton Marquette by 26 strokes [307-333] and was 34 strokes better than third place Effingham High School at 341.
"We didn't play terrible, just not good enough," was how head coach Laurie Glass summed it up. For years now, Massac's "formula" has been four good scores with one "really good" score. "We didn't have that one person go low today," added Glass.
Despite the failure of the team to make it through, three Lady Patriots will test their mettle at Decatur's Red Tail Run course this Friday and Saturday. Madie Coakley secured her spot at Decatur with an 84.
Lily Conkle and Alexis Frazine needed a bit more drama. Both girls came in at 88, along with five other girls necessitating a playoff. The playoff started on hole 10, a par three, and the Massac contingent made par. Three of the seven fell by the wayside after hole 10. None of the remaining four hit the green in regulation on the next hole, a par four.
But Conkle chipped up close and sank her par putt and Frazine stared down a slippery side-hill putt to put the "kibosh" on the playoff. Those two pars locked down the Decatur trip for Massac's trio.
McKinnley Korte was one stroke off the pace of her teammates with an 89.
Again, from a team perspective, not really that bad but just not quite good enough. Considering the run the girls had been on, the loss is a bitter pill but, all in all, it was still a very good year. Hamilton County's Kylee Vaughan was the overall medalist with a 73 and was one of only seven girls to break 80.