MT. VERNON — On a day that saw their number three golfer get disqualified and their number two golfer struggle, the Benton Rangers still won the Mt. Vernon 2A Boys Golf Regional by eight strokes, thanks in part to a dominant performance by sophomore Cy Norman.
Norman took home individual medalist honors by eight strokes with a 5-under 66. Norman’s bogey-free round was incredibly close to going even lower, as he missed birdie putts by a whisker on at least three different holes.
Norman wasn’t alone, as the Rangers’ depth took care of the rest. Number five Andrew Bell finished third overall with a 77. Number four Luke Melvin carded an 81 to finish ninth with number six Keaton House shooting an 83 to finish 14th. The Rangers finished with a total of 307 to win the regional title and advance to next week’s Centralia Sectional.
The Carbondale Terriers finished second and also are advancing as a team. Ian Davis’ 3-over 74 led the Terriers attack. Owen Thomas finished fourth with a 79. Alex Baughman and Zach Sanders tied for ninth with 81s.
The four additional individuals advancing include Herrin’s Logan Baggett (79), Marion’s Hayden Burns (79), along with Harrisburg teammates Andrew Bittle (79), and Grant Wilson (80).
Massac Co. 367
Mt. Vernon 373
Advancing teams: Benton, Carbondale
1) Cy Norman, Benton 66
2) Ian Davis, Carbondale 74
3) Andrew Bell, Benton 77
T4)Owen Thoms, Carbondale 79
T4)Andrew Bittle, Harrisburg 79
T4)Logan Baggett, Herrin 79
T4)Hayden Burns, Marion 79
8) Grant Wilson, Harrisburg 80
T9)Luke Melvin, Benton 81
T9)Alex Baughman, Carbondale 81
T9)Zach Sanders, Carbondale 81
Advancing individuals: Andrew Bittle, Harrisburg (79), Logan Baggett, Herrin (79), Hayden Burns, Marion (79), Grant Wilson, Harrisburg (80)