The Nashville Hornettes Girls Golf team finished 3rd at the IHSA Class 1A State Girls Golf Tournament this past weekend. Pictured: Back Row: NCHS Principal Mark Begando, Rylee White, Head Coach Doug Kell, Sydney Gordon, Assistant Coach Don Hawkins, and Kaitlyn Simons. Front Row: Hope Rueter, Jordan Stiegman, Rachael Kell, and Brooke Bartling. Photos from the State Tournament can be found at: https://nash-news.com/popular-stories/nchs-girls-golf
By Brent Huelsmann
For the second consecutive season, the Nashville Hornettes girls golf team, came home from the IHSA Class 1A State Tournament with a trophy. After finishing second last season, the Hornettes came away with the third place trophy this year. Massac County won the State Title, followed by Rockford Lutheran in second. Nashville finished third, just one stroke ahead of Champaign (St. Thomas More).
Nashville began the State Tournament, held at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur, on Friday, October 13. Hope Rueter, Jordan Stiegman, Rachael Kell, Brooke Bartling, Sydney Gordon, and Rylee White all took the course for Nashville.
After the first day of the tournament, the Hornettes found themselves tied for fourth place. Nashville finished the first round of the tournament with a score of 344, tied with Charleston. Nashville was just three strokes out of third place, eight strokes out of second place, and eleven strokes out of first place.
Leading the way on the first day of the tournament was Stiegman, who finished with an 80, which was the 13th best score on the day. Rachael Kell turned in an 81 for Round 1 of the tournament, followed by Bartling with a 90. Rueter shot a 93 for Nashville. White shot a 112, and Gordon shot a 116.
With a state trophy within reach, the Hornettes began the second round on a mission. Nashville improved their team score by eight strokes in round two, two edge out Champaign (St. Thomas More) by one stroke and take home the third place trophy.
Nashville finished with a day two score of 336, for a two day total of 680. Rockford (Lutheran) finished nine strokes ahead of Nashville with a 671, and Massac County brought home the State Championship with a score of 665 over two days.
On day two, the Hornettes were led by Bartling. Bartling finished the second round with a score of 79. Bartling also finished even par on the back nine of the course, as she shot a 36 on her final nine holes. Bartling finished out the second round with 10 straight pars. Rachael Kell shot an 81 in the second round, followed by Rueter with an 83. Stiegman shot a 93 to finish out the tournament. Gordon shot a 108 in round two, while White shot a 120.
After the tournament, Head Coach Doug Kell talked about his team’s performance. “It’s a two day tournament, I always say you can’t win it on day one, but you can lose it on day one. That’s what happened with us. That 79 by Brooke in these conditions with this wind, shooting even par on the back, that was awesome. She was in the zone. Hope improved by 10 strokes i guess from yesterday, that was huge. If these things don’t happen, this doesn’t happen as a team. Jordan was leading the team after day one with an 80 and didn’t have her best day on day two, but other people stepped up.”
Coach Doug Kell went on to praise the seniors. “The seniors they’ve earned it. They’ve worked hard since they were Freshmen. Real happy for them. Very impressive third place finish.”
Rachael Kell led Nashville in the tournament overall, with a total score of 162, which was tied for 13th overall. Bartling finished with a total score of 169, which was tied for 32nd overall. Stiegman shot a 172 over 36 holes, and finished tied for 45th overall in the tournament. Rueter finished with a two day score of 176 and tied for 50th overall. Gordon finished tied for 102nd overall in the tournament, and White finished 107th overall.