CHARLESTON -- One of the traits Mitch Cremer picked up from former state golf champion Hunter York was his ability to stay focused on the course.
The LSA senior golfer certainly has that trait down pat.
Coming up to the 175-yard No. 2 with its green engulfed in shadow, Cremer slammed in a hole-in-one.
"No one on the team knew that it went in, but they were just going crazy at the bottom," LSA coach Jay Dexter said. "At one point, Mitch said, 'Did it go in?'
"And we said, 'Yeah, it did.
"He just said, 'Good.'"
Cremer never lost that focus, firing a 69 to win the Class 2A Charleston Regional by three strokes.
"He's real mature for his age," Dexter said. "It was the funniest thing -- hey, it's a hole-in-one -- but he knew he had 16 more holes to play.
"He's a really good role model for the rest of the kids."
LSA/Argenta-Oreana doesn't have enough golfers to field a team, but still falls under LSA's multiplier after the co-op made it to state in 1A two years ago.
Charleston won the regional as a team with a 311, led by Ben Lanman's 72. Charleston's six golfers, all freshmen and sophomores, all shot under 90 and the top three all shot under 80. The Trojans beat Mattoon by nine strokes. Effingham moved on as a team as well.
A pair of Mount Zion golfers, Kyle Cole and Bradley Reynolds, advanced individually, as did Olney's Coen McDowell.
Lincoln advances four
LINCOLN -- They just missed out as a team, but four Railers will move on to sectionals anyway.
Rochester edged Lincoln by a point for third place. Sophomore Brayton Brown led Lincoln with an 85.
Two Maroa-Forsyth golfers advanced in Zach Johnson and Dylan Flock. Taylorville's Connor Black shot an 80, four strokes off the leader, to make sectionals as well.
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Sullivan's Ellis, Arcola take honors
TUSCOLA -- Once again, it was Sullivan and Arcola facing off for a regional title.
The roles flipped this year, though.
After Arcola's Clayton Miller won medalist honors last year, Sullivan's Caden Ellis won the Tuscola Regional on Tuesday, edging out Arcola's Blake Lindenmeyer in a playoff hole.
But Arcola coach Tyler Renshaw was beaming before and after the playoff. The Riders won this year's regional as a team after taking second last year. Then, they had tied Sullivan but Sullivan had a lower fourth golfer to win the regional.
"With last year, we had a chip on our shoulder where we don't want second or third, we want to just take care of it," Renshaw said. "They stepped up and played well, and we had Blake Lindenmeyer, usually our three spot ... step up for us today, which is great."
Miller shot a 72 to give the Riders a boost. Now, with the Watseka Sectional ahead, Arcola's hoping to improve on last year's sixth-place finish.
"We don't know much about the course, but we're gonna have a look and see what it's all about so we're ready to go," Renshaw said. "And if they continue playing how they have been, I certainly think they have a chance."
St. Teresa had two advance individually in Leon Oh and Cayden Brilley, as did Okaw Valley with Cameron Nickerson and Case Crawford. Tuscola's Seth Icenogle and Pana's Michael Hrabak with play in sectionals as well.
Monticello took second, four strokes back of Arcola, with Noah Wright's 72 leading the way.
St. Anthony wins again
EFFINGHAM -- Like clockwork, Effingham St. Anthony came through for another regional title.
The Bulldogs won the team event by 15 strokes for their 11th straight regional win. Luke Ludwig shot a 73 and Niko Dust fired a 76 to lead St. Anthony. Teutopolis took second, led by individual winner Christian Deters, who shot a 69.
Flora had three golfers advance to sectionals, led by Drew Woodrow. Robinson's Takoda Wheeler, Vandalia's Scott Shulman, Altamont's Noah Kopplin and Dylan Miller and Oblong's Cameron Johnson all advanced individually.