Two golfers make state

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Two local high school golfers qualified for state by virtue of solid performances in the sectional round on Monday.

In boys golf, Gibault Catholic High School junior Alex Sweeney placed sixth overall at the Class 1A Zeigler Sectional with a 75 to advance. Sweeney will compete in the state tourney this weekend at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington.

In girls golf, Columbia High School senior Casey Wagner shot an 82 at the Class 1A Mt. Carmel Sectional to advance. Wagner will compete in the state tourney this weekend at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur.

The Gibault boys golf squad placed fifth as a team at the Zeigler Sectional. Only the top three teams advance to state.

The Columbia boys golf team competed at the Class 2A Charleston Sectional on Monday, placing 12th. The Eagles were led by Joe Heuman, who placed 31st with an 86.

Thursday at the Class 1A Marquette Regional in Alton, the Columbia and Waterloo girls golf squads and two individuals from Gibault qualified for the sectional round.

Columbia placed second as a team and Waterloo placed third. Malia Kossina led the Eagles with an 86, which was good for third place. Wagner placed fourth with an 87 for the Eagles. 

Waterloo was led by Calli Smith with a 98.

Gibault’s Maliyah Phillips and Ashley Osterhage became the first girls golfers at the school to qualify for the sectional round.

Monday in Mt. Carmel, the Columbia girls placed sixth as a team and Waterloo placed 10th. 

For Gibault, Phillips ended her season with a 94 and Osterhage shot a 101.

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