Elko finishes high school career in style

Darren Kinnard

WEST FRANKFORT — West Frankfort senior Tyson Elko said after winning regional medalist honors last week that it was the first tournament he’d won. Elko wrapped up his high school career with back to back tournament wins, adding sectional medalist to his resume.

Elko carded a 2-under 69 to hold off Anna-Jonesboro’s Luke Lasley at the ZRC 1A Sectional at Franklin County Country Club. Elko used the home course to full advantage as his regional win came there as well. Home course or not, it’s still an impressive couple of weeks.

Carmi-White County senior Ty Barbre wrapped up his career with a 74 and a tie for third place. Another senior, Chester’s Jarrett James went out with a top five finish. James tied for fifth with a 75. Goreville junior AJ Johnson was the only other area golfer in the top ten. He tied for tenth.

Vandalia won the sectional team title, edging Breese Mater Dei by six shots. Gibault was third. Trico took fourth with West Frankfort and Althoff tying for fifth.

Final Team Results:
Vandalia 310
Breese Mater Dei 316
Gibault 320
Trico 326
Althoff 327
West Frankfort 327
Marquette 336
Obling 337
Carmi-White Co. 338
Hamilton Co. 344

Final Individual Results:
1) Tyson Elko, West Frankfort 69
2) Luke Lasley, Anna-Jonesboro 70
T3)Ty Barbre, Carmi-White Co. 74
T3)Jonathan Willenborg, St. Anthony 74
T5)Avery Irwin, Althoff 75
T5)Jarrett James, Chester 75
T5)Carson Wessel, Wesclin 75
T8)Chase Laack, Vandalia 76
T8)Conner McCall, Vandalia 76
T10)AJ Johnson, Goreville 77
T10)Riley Ruckman, Vandalia 77