Geneseo 1A girls golf regional
GENESEO — Brandon Crawford views his choir students to be talented in many ways beyond music.
His senior choir member, Izzi Hall, played sweet music in Thursday’s Geneseo 1A girls regional golf tournament at Super Maple Golf Club.
She qualified for sectionals for the first time as an individual, advancing as the fourth individual with a round of 99.
“I’m very proud of Izzi. Her goal at the beginning of this season was to make it to the sectional tournament. She made a commitment a few weeks ago to making some major changes to her game, and it all came full circle as she was rewarded today,” Crawford said.
Hall carded the 12th best score of the day overall, shooting a 48 on the front 9 and a 51 on the back. While she didn’t have many pars, she put a lot of bogeys up on her card.
“My first and second shot on hole 2 weren’t so good, but I found my way out of it,” she said. “I found trouble on the back 9, but I pushed through. My putting definitely wasn’t the best on that nine, and if I would have made them, I could have scored a lot better.
“I’m very happy I made it to sectionals. That was my goal for the year. I am so excited to be able to go. It’s been a tough year for me, but to advance to sectionals made up for it.”
Crawford noted the Tigresses were five swings for getting four girls individually out of the regional. PHS finished sixth of nine teams with a score of 436.
Junior newcomer Brynn Hieronymus and sophomore Jackilyn Cartwright both shot 112s. Junior Olivia Eiken carded a 113. The last qualifying score was 108.
“The conditions were not ideal for golf. The wind, the rain, the cold — very hard to stay mentally focused for 18 holes. We established a game plan, and all of them did their very best to execute it,” Crawford said.
“To have three girls within five swings from advancing shows their mental toughness and determination. This is a great group of young ladies who gave their best effort but came up short. Absolutely nothing to hang your head about.”
Bureau Valley’s Elisabeth Sullivan also had a close call, shooting a 111. The Storm finished eighth overall at 479.
Geneseo easily repeated as regional champions on its home course, defeating runner-up Monmouth United by 51 strokes, 360-411. It was the Lady Leafs’ third straight regional crown.
Lady Leaf Elizabeth Roodhouse was medalist at 84, 11 strokes better than runner-up Audrey Graham of Riverdale.
Alleman was the third team qualifier at 412.