Mother’s Day for Balconi
MCNABB — It was a bittersweet day at Edgewood Park where the annual Illinois Valley Women’s Golf Invitational was held Sunday. The tournament, which has been held since 1958, was dedicated to the hosts’ team member Pat Balconi who died unexpectedly in April. Balconi’s daughter, Carol, won the tournament shooting a 76 over the 18-hole course.
“Believe it or not I was calm all day. I was thinking about my mom the whole round,” said Carol. “I was not thinking about golf. My playing partners (Penny Derick, Gwen Holmes and Kirsten McLendon) were so fun to play with.”
Carol, a two-time former champion who has not played in the event since 2009 and her mother played the Edgewood course often. She mentioned she had no expectations coming into the tournament except to play well enough to make her mom happy.
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