DECATUR — The Effingham St. Anthony girls golf team was unable to follow up Friday's performance, which left the Bulldogs in third place after day one, with more of the same on Saturday at the Class A girls state golf meet.
Playing at Red Tail Run Golf Club, St. Anthony shot a 360 as a team in the tournament's final day to place fifth as a team with a total score of 702. St. Anthony shot 342 as a team on Day 1.
"I'm happy we got fifth place and I'm proud," St. Anthony coach Emily Konrad said. "We struggled, but we fought for what we got. Fifth place is nothing to be ashamed of. The competition was tough."
St. Anthony's Ava Wegman tied for 25th with a two-day score of 166. Also for the Bulldogs, Clare McHugh had a 171, Macy Ludwig had a 179, Morgan Schuette had a 191 and Reagan Westendorf had a 194.
Charleston was two strokes behind St. Anthony, placing sixth.
For Charleston girls golf coach Deb Landsaw, the whole goal was for the Trojans to get back to the tournament for the fifth straight year. With a completely different team this year, Landsaw saw her team's finish in sixth place with a two-day team total of 704.
"In August, I wouldn't have dreamed they would get this far, so this is really good," Landsaw said. "They had the determination and didn't give up. When we got there, I looked at all of the scores from the sectionals, I thought we were about ninth. We were right up in the thick of things for awhile. I can't ask for much more than that."
Junior Paige Chappell led Charleston with a 169 and senior Haley Walker shot a 171.
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Metropolis Massac County took the state title, finishing six strokes ahead of second-place Rockford Lutheran.
Pontiac's Ali Schrock was the individual state champion, finishing three strokes ahead of Kewanee's Riley Hansen.
Effingham's Abbi Burgess had the best finisher for area golfers, placing in a tie for 13th with a 162.
Meridian/Decatur Christian's Grace Miller tied for 36th, shooting an 85 both days to finish with a 170.
Wolf ties for 14th
After shooting a 72 to put her in a tie for first after Friday's first round at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur, Wolf shot a 79 on Saturday to fall into a tie for 14th at the Class 2A girls state tournament. Wolf was hurt by two double bogeys.
New Lenox Lincoln-Way Central's Brianne Bolden and Barrington's Caroline Smith both shot 70s to move up the leaderboard, but couldn't catch Winnetka New Trier's Penelope Tir, whose two-day total of 144 bested Bolden and Smith by a stroke.