St. Anthony Girls Capture 5th, Boys 9th at State Golf Tournament


Published on October 16 2017 9:52 am
Last Updated on October 16 2017 10:44 am
Written by Greg Sapp


St. Anthony's girls finished fifth while the St. Anthony's boys finished ninth at the state golf tournaments held Friday and Saturday.

St. Anthony junior Ava Wegman paced the girls with a two-day total of 84-82=166, tying her for 25th individually. Junior Clare McHugh finished 84-87=171 and tied for 40th, freshman Macy Ludwig was 59th with a 82-97=179, freshman Morgan Schuette tied for 77th with a 92-99=191, and junior Reagan Westendorf finished 84th with a 95-99=194. Junior Regan Koester played one round at State and fired a 94.

Two members of the Effingham High School team played individually at State. Junior Abbi Burgess tied for 13th with a 79-83=162 total, while freshman Ava Boehm shot 87-85=172 to tie for 43rd.


St. Anthony junior Luke Ludwig led the way with a 80-83=163 to tie for 25th. Junior Ben Strullmyer tied for 66th with 84-90=174, sophomore Jayden Rios and junior Nathan Schultz each tied for 70th, Rios with 89-86=175 and Schultz with 90-85=175, junior Zach Wortman tied for 77th with 93-85=178, and junior Dylan Ferguson tied for 99th with 96-100=196.

St. Anthony boys coach Phil Zaccari said, "We had a very good season. Our goal was to get back to the State finals and then do as well as we could. We did that this year and greatly improved along the way. Yes, we were really hoping to finish higher, but we did not adjust to the greens as fast as we hoped. The team knows what it takes and since we only graduate one senior, we are already setting the goal to return and do better next year.

"We graduate senior Ethan Rozene. He has been a true team player. We will miss his quiet but effective leadership. He emerged this season to be a valuable contributor.

"It was a great experience for the team and it was great to have Assistant Coach Mike Imburgia for the tournament. His experience and knowledge helped us achieve our goals. With the core team being juniors, we already have high hopes for next year."

Port Byron won the 1A state championship with a 636 team total. St. Anthony finished 343-339=682.