Area golf teams advance to sectionals

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Pictured, the Columbia boys golf team poses with the Monroe County Golf Tournament trophy earlier this season. (submitted photo)

High school boys and girls regional golf tournaments took place this week. There are many area players moving on to next week’s sectional tournaments.

Columbia’s entire boys team won the Waterloo Regional on Tuesday, advancing with a team score of 325. They beat second-place Althoff Catholic by six strokes. Waterloo missed the cut by seven strokes, taking fourth place with a 339. The top three teams of each regional make the sectional.

For Columbia, John Cygnarowicz led the team with a 77 — he finished fifth overall. Andrew Wittenauer shot an 81 and Foster Gundlach followed with an 82. Also moving on with the team is Nolan Antonini, Drew Nowak and Kyle Steve. Waterloo’s Ryan Stites shot a 76 to advance — he finished fourth overall. Also moving on to sectionals for Waterloo are Avery Wheat, Matt Gaubatz and Colin Whelan.

Like Waterloo, Gibault took fourth in its regional in Pinckneyville. The team shot a 339, same as third-place Sparta, but lost the tie-breaker. They did advance three golfers. Alex Dietz shot a 76, Zach Heet finished with an 80 and Jason Merz had an 85.

Valmeyer was in the same regional and finished in 12th place with a team score of 395. Carson Sensel led the team with a 90 and Andrew Whipple followed with a 91.

Sectionals begin next Monday and Tuesday.

Waterloo’s Haley Faus took second place individually in the regional on Wednesday. (Spencer Michelson photo)

The Waterloo girls golf team moved on to sectionals as well, taking second place in their sectional on Wednesday. Columbia, Gibault and Waterloo played at the Roxana Regional at Belk Park in Wood River.

Waterloo finished with a team score of 352. First-place Althoff Catholic shot a 325. Columbia just missed making it to sectionals as a team. The Eagles finished fourth with a combined score of 377, missing out on third place by 10 strokes.

The Bulldogs were led with a second-place individual finish by Haley Faus, who shot a 75. She was one stroke away from tying for first place. Makensy Umscheid and Destiny Resthoff followed, each shooting a 92. Shelbi Westmoreland shot a 93. Remy Heinen and Haley Aldridge also advanced with the team.

For Columbia, they will be sending three golfers to sectionals. Hannah Erpenbach shot an 88, Clara Taake finished with a 94 and Katie Staelins shot a 96.

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