City Schools Do Well In Golf Tourneys During Weekend


Published on September 23 2013 9:02 am
Last Updated on September 23 2013 9:02 am
Written by Millie Lange

PARIS -- Effingham High School captured second place in the Paris Boys Golf Invitational Saturday.

The Hearts tallied 309, five shots more than champion Mattoon with 304. The top two were followed by Charleston 321, Mount Zion 330, Bismarck-Henning 343, Urbana 358, Paris 385, Catlin-Salt Fork 389, Oakland 411, Chrisman 415, Judah Christian 453 and Shiloh 490. Also competing but not having enough golfers for a team score was Decatur MacArthur.

Effingham's Jackson Wendling was medalist with a 68. Also scoring were Jake Linders, who finished fifth, with a 74, Callaway Smith 79 and Reed Schafer 88. Non-scorers were Sean Sandifer 92 and Brandon Dahnke 99.

"Congratulations to Mattoon," said EHS Coach Jeff Schafer. "They had a great week winning in back-to-back nights. We shot 309 which is a great score at Paris. Jackson was incredible today and realy locked in, shooting four-under-par. Jake played the last four holes, three-under-par to finish fourth and Callaway finished in the top 10. Last year we won this tournament by a narrow margin and Matton turned the tables on us.The top four finishers were all Apollo teams. We will be back here in two weeks for the conference tournament and, hopefully, we play just as good or better."

Effingham competed in The Cup at Mount Zion Friday. The event is 18 holes two person best ball, 18 holes, two person alternative shot and 18 holes two person scramble.

Wendling and Dahnke had a 79 in best ball. Smith and Sandifer had an 89 in alternate shot. Linders and Schafer shot 69 in the scramble taking home first place because of a tie-breaking birdie on the hardest hole.

Mattoon shot 217 to win the event with Mount Zion and Charleston tied for second at 228. The Hearts finished with a 237.

"It's a fun tournament because of the different format," said Schafer. "Alternate shot is very difficult format to play. Congratulations to Jake and Reed as they played great golf. They really hung in there and were solid all day."

In a match Wednesday against Charleston, the Hearts edged the Trojans 161-163. Wendling had a 37, Smith a 39, Linders a 41 and Sandifer a 44. Non-scorers were Schafer 46, Matt Linders 51, Michael Woltman 54 and Dahnke 58.


Windsor Invitational

Effingham St. Anthony captured the championship of the Windsor Boys Golf Invitational Saturday. The Bulldogs tallied 315 followed by Maroa-Forsyth 328, Teutopolis 353, Mattoon 358, Arcola 374, Shelbyville 382, Okaw Valley 384, Hillsboro 366, Altamont 393, Casey-Westfield 414, Windsor 440 and Sullivan 454.

St. Anthony's Garrett Hixenbaugh was medalist withi a 77 while Connor Green and Nick Wortman tied with Lewis Brown from Maroa-Forsythe for second with a 78 each. St. Anthony's Jared Hutchison tied for seventh with an 82. Non-scorers were Jeff Niebrugge 105 and Sam Wortman 131.

"This was a nice win for our team," said St. Anthony Coach Phil Zaccari. "We have been close a few times this year and today we finally got the job done. The weather was nice but very windy and we were able to handle the conditions. Garrett played very steady to claim medalist honors and we were able to place four in the top seven.

"Connor and Nick did a good job keeping the ball in play and grinded out a pair of 78's. Sophomore Jared Hutchison continued to gain confidence shooting an 82 with two triple bogies. We still need to work on our putting but we were able to make enough putts to win today. Hopefully we are starting to put things together and we will be at our best for regional."

The St. Anthony girls squad also captured first place with a 377 totaled while Effingham finished second at 418 and Teutopolis was third at 430.

The Bulldogs' Mariah Bushue was the overall medalist with an 86. She shot 42-44. Also scoring for the Bulldogs were Madison Bushue 94, Kyla Burton 98 and Abbie Schmidt 99. Non-scorers were Kelsea Dust 102 and Abby Brown 113.

Scoring for Effingham were Morgan Wilson 87, Alex Brummer 99, Hope Collier 112 and Kaylee Tonn 120.

Competing for T-town were Casey Willenborg, Haley Giles, Ellie Ruholl and Kallie Thoele. No scores were listed.