High School Golf Season Begins | Republic-Times

Cooper Sandheinrich

Drivers, fairways and putts, oh my god. The high school golf season is underway for the local teams as players try to see how far they can go.

The Waterloo High School Girls’ Golf Team has started the season well.

After opening with a nine-hole team score of 165 at Mascoutah to dominate Okawville and Mascoutah last Monday, the Bulldogs shot a 160 at Acorns Golf Links in Waterloo last Tuesday to easily defeat Okawville and Dupo.

Reese Kite, Kami Cooper and Calli Smith all shot a 40 to share the top honors in Mascoutah.

Smith and Kite each shot a 37 to share the top honors at Acorns.

Dupo was led in the match by Rylee Imhoff with a 59, followed by Maddie Ehrhardt with a 63.

Waterloo placed fourth of 14 teams at the Belleville West Invite on Friday with a 339. It was nine strokes behind first place O’Fallon.

Smith was sixth with a score of 78 over 18 holes, followed by Kite with an 82 and Cooper with an 87.

Columbia finished 12th on the invitation with a 392, led by Julia Foster’s 92.

On Saturday, Waterloo finished fourth of 18 teams at the Marquette Blastoff tournament at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course in Alton with a 353.

Kite placed sixth with an 80, followed by Smith in eighth with an 81.

The Columbia golfers opened their season last Tuesday with a second-place finish against Nashville, Breese Central and Freeburg. The Eagles shot a 197.

Sabrina Leingang led Columbia with a 49, followed by Ashley Behrmann with a 53.

Columbia head coach Matt Duguay said Foster and Leingang are two of his best returning players along with Ainslie Schrader and Mae Descher.

“We have a number of players who will challenge them to play in college, including Ella Riley, Megan Elliott, Ashley Behrmann, Myscha Derickson, Macie Pulcher, Ariel Adams and Eva Descher,” said Duguay.

A team strength for the Eagles, according to Duguay, is a large number of players who work hard to improve themselves.

“We may not have a dominant player, but we will have a number of players who every day will step up and score for us,” said Duguay.

On the men’s golf side, Waterloo, Columbia and Gibault have also started their seasons.

The Bulldogs took part in the Alton Tee-Off Classic last Tuesday, placing ninth on the team with a score of 334 holes over 18 holes.

Jaden Smith led the Bulldogs with a 77, followed by Cooper Sandheinrich with a 79 and Logan DeFosset with an 80.

The Columbia boys placed 15th as a team with a 344 in the same event, led by a 78 from Carson Walton and Alex Patrick with an 82.

On Thursday, Columbia shot 160 over nine holes to place third in the Goalby / Haas Classic at St. Clair Country Club. It was nine shots behind O’Fallon and seven shots behind Althoff.

Walton shot a 38 to lead the Eagles.

In addition to Walton, Columbia’s chief boys golf coach Tom Detmer said other returning key players include Alex Patrick and Mike Madlinger.

“For us to be competitive these three have to play well,” said Detmer. “The rest of the team are very young and inexperienced.”

According to Detmer, the top contenders for the three remaining college spots are juniors Dallas Forgy and Matt Heuman, sophomores Jason Rahn and Jimmy Vonderhaar, and freshmen Charlie Steckler, Jacob Hall and Drake Ramage.

Freshmen Hayden Hubbard, sophomore Ethan Ernst and junior Nick Janik are working hard to take it to this next level, Detmer added.

“As always, consistency and the ability to limit errors will be crucial for the growth of our young players in college level competition,” said Detmer.

While some of these young men aren’t quite ready for prime-time varsity contests, we hope they move up in roles fairly quickly.

Gibault, who also beat Chester but lost to Mater Dei and Christ Our Rock Lutheran early on, also fielded a young boys’ golf team this fall.

Ian Bollinger is the Hawks’ top returning golfer and impressed early on. He shot nine-hole scores of 38, 38 and 36 for an average of 37.33.

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