SALEM — Not even a cold front moving through mid-round bringing gusty winds the rest of the day could slow down the Mt. Carmel Lady Aces, as they won their second straight girls golf sectional championship, capturing the Salem 1A Sectional title Monday.
Led by super sophomores Lillian Gottman and Madelyn Young, Mt. Carmel posted a scored of 312 to win the title by nine shots over Effingham St. Anthony. Massac County was third, 23 shots back.
Despite the conditions, Gottman finished with a 2-under 71 to claim medalist honors. Marquette’s Gracie Piar had a chance to force a playoff with Gottman, but her par putt on 18 just slid by the cup. Young, who was four under on the front nine, carded a 1-over 74 to finish third.
With the postseason shortened due to the pandemic, there will be no return trip to the state tournament for the Lady Aces, as the season is scheduled to conclude with sectionals. Mt. Carmel finished second a year ago.
Defending sectional medalist Kylee Vaughan from Hamilton County finished sixth with a 78. Salem’s Kenzie Anderson and Mt. Carmel’s Daisy Schrader tied for 10th with 81s.
Mt. Carmel 312
St. Anthony 321
Massac Co. 335
Civic Memorial 392
1) Lillian Gottman, Mt. Carmel 71
2) Gracie Piar, Marquette 72
3) Madelyn Young, Mt. Carmel 74
4) Ava Boehm, Effingham 75
5) Malia Kossina, Columbia 77
6) Kylee Vaughan, Hamilton Co. 78
T7)Morgan Schuette, St. Anthony 79
T7)Reagan Westendorf, St. Anthony 79
9) Macy Ludwig, St. Anthony 80
T10)Kenzie Anderson, Salem 81
T10)Daisy Schrader, Mt. Carmel 81