DECATUR — Kira Wolf is still moving on, and still has a chance at her fourth top-20 finish in as many seasons.
Friday’s opening round of the Class 2A state golf tournament wasn’t what she pictured, but it’ll be enough to live on, extend her high school career and take her to the second day, where anyone familiar with her career figured she would end her season.
Wolf shot 79, which is tied for 25th among all scorers,and good enough to make the cut for Saturday's second round.
“I just have to remember that it’s a tough game, just shake it off, go on to the next hole,” Wolf said.
Wolf was two strokes over par after 15 holes. She sank a putt from about 15 feet on the 15th green for birdie. Before a bogey on 14, she made par on eight of the prior nine holes. She opened the round with a bogey on a par-4 and eagled hole No. 2, a par-5.
“Big momentum shift,” Wolf said, recalling that birdie putt on 15. “I felt good after that.”
She bogeyed the next two holes. On 18, a hole that gave everyone in her group plenty of trouble with its downhill green, she finished with a seven. Only five of the golfers who finished between Nos. 10 and 50 made par on the hole, and none of them birdied it. There were 14 who doubled it or worse. No other hole had more than seven doubles from the top 50 finishers.
Wolf was one of 14 who shot 79. Six shot 78, and four shot 77.
“I know I can play better than that,” Wolf said. “I’ll hope I can come out tomorrow and play a better game.”
In Class 1A at Red Tail Run, two area golfers advanced — Effingham's Ava Boehm shot an 81 and Effingham St. Anthony's Macy Ludwig shot an 82.
The Hearts finished 10th as a team (366).
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Sullivan places 11th
BLOOMINGTON — The Sullivan boys golf team made it second straight appearance and third overall in the Illinois High School Association Class 1A state golf tournament at the Prairie Vista Golf Course. The Redskins finished with a 65-over-par 353, good for 11th place overall.
"We were just not making our putts today," said Sullivan coach Ben Richter. "It was just one of those days where for some reason we just didn't put it together."
All Sullivan golfers started on the back nine and all but one player either improved or shot the same on the front nine.
"The back nine is tougher," said Richter. "No 7 beat us up pretty bad (two bogies, a double bogie and a triple bogie) and that is something we talked about No. 6, 7 and 14."
Drew Rogers led all Sullivan golfers with an 11-over-par 83, while Leyton Ellis had an 88. Logan Westjohn short a 91 and all three are juniors. Aiden Short, a senior, finished with a 92, while sophomore Camden Dwyer had a 98 and senior Gary Herschberger shot a 98.
"I told these guys once we qualified to try and go out and have some fun and enjoy it," said Richter. "I am proud of the team. Ninety-five percent of the state didn't get the opportunity to be here. I am happy with how our season went."
Area golfers advancing were Vandalia's Chase Laack (76) and Effingham St. Anthony's Jayden Rios (80).
St. Teresa freshman Cody Dodson tied for 90th with a 92.
Mattoon 11th, Charleston 12th
NORMAL — It was a tough day for Coles County golfers at Illinois State University's Weibring Golf Club.
Mattoon had a score of 327 for 11th place and Charleston had a 338 for 12th. The top eight teams advanced to Saturday's final round.
No Green Wave or Trojans individual advanced to the second round. Charleston's Pierson Smith and Mattoon's Meade Johnson each shot 80, tying for 49th.