The Princeton girls golf team was unable to qualify any golfers from the Lincoln Sectional at the Lincoln Elks Golf Course Monday. PHS placed 12th among the 12 teams competing with a team total 491.
Top finishers for the Tigresses were sophomore Sophia Suarez (80th, 117) and freshman Arraia Hicks (87th, 121). Also on the PHS scorecard were freshman Audra Reidner (125), Julie Miller (128) and Sarah Crowe (148).
Although they didn’t post their best scores, PHS first-year coach Will Gross said his young squad will benefit from the experience.
“I am extremely proud of the way that all of the girls grinded it out until the very end and represented our school proudly. They worked so hard to get to this point and they enjoyed the competition and gained a lot of experience from this level of golf,” Gross said.
He knows with a squad of two freshman and three sophomores, the Tigresses will only get better.
“They could have given up and been satisfied with just being there, but instead they went toe to toe with their playing partners and showed them that they will not back down today or in the future,” he said “Our golf program took a huge step in the right direction and the girls have put a lot of emphasis on what they are going to do from now until next year to be able hopefully get back to this stage and compete for a state berth next year.”
Taylor Thompson of Knoxville and Lexi Peterson of Cuba finished as co-medalists, each shooting a 78.
Rochester was the sectional champion with Quincy Notre Dame (345) and Morton (362) also advancing to state.
The Tigresses made it to sectionals by placing third at the Kewanee Regional last week.
At Champaign: St. Bede senior Barbi Prokup (97) saw her season end by a playoff for the final qualifying berth. SBA coach Rich Cummings said it was a disappointment for Prokup. She had an errant tee shot and the “other girl just didn’t give a chance to make up that shot.”
St. Bede’s Gabrielle Mendoza had a 103, and DePue's Mercedes Ruiz a 141. Putnam County (457) finished 10th in the team 12-team field, led by Carly Gonet (111), Stephanie Wilson (113), Monica Monroe (113) and Kelsey Grosenbach (120).