By Lenny Sementi
Sydney Hoel has been on top of her game from the start of the season, and Claire Ring’s scores have steadily gone down. And this past Tuesday, Sept. 26 their hard work since the middle of August paid off. The duo led the Warriors’ girls’ golf team to a second place finish overall in the Central Illinois Conference Golf Tournament at a very tough Eagle Creek Golf Course.
Hoel, who fired a 53 on the front, finished strong posting a 48 on the back and took fourth overall finishing a mere three strokes out of second place. The senior earned All-CIC accolades carding six pars on the day. Ring was right on her heels one stroke back carding five pars en-route to shooting a 102 to take fifth overall, securing the final All-CIC individual award. Ring went out in 52 and came in two shots better penciling in a 50 on the back nine.
Lainey Banta was the number three scorer for the Lady Warriors, and Olivia Chester was the fourth. Chester came out firing playing the very difficult front nine in 54 strokes and was in the hunt for an All-Conference performance but found trouble on the back nine which ended her hopes.
Senior Ethan Stumeier led the way for the boys shooting a 105. Like Chester Sumeier was solid on the front carding a 48 but struggled on the back. Next up was Mathew Erickson firing a 111 on the hilly terrain to hold down the Warriors’ two hole, while Caleb Arends and Hunter Brandt rounded out the team scoring for the fifth place Warriors delivering matching 114’s.
Arends and Brandt led the way a few days earlier in Clinton at the Maroons nine hole invite. They tied once more firing 53’s but did not medal. Stumeier and Erickson were right behind posting a pair of 54’s.