While they say that practice makes perfect, the Eldorado girls' golf team knows that they weren't perfect Monday at the IHSA Class A Teutopolis Sectional, but the practice put in sure did pay off.
The Eagles went up to Effingham Country Club to play a practice round Saturday and elected to stay over the weekend, taking advantage of conditions Sunday to get plenty of time on the range and putting green.
For their efforts, Eldorado finished third with a 364 to advance to the IHSA Class A State Tournament for the first time in school history.
A year ago, the Eagles missed out on a state berth by four strokes. Eldorado wasn't going to let history repeat itself.
"It didn't hurt that we took advantage of an extra practice day," head coach Greg Goodley said. "The greens were so fast that the opportunity for us to practice for two days certainly helped."
Goodley added that his Eagle bunch were the only team Sunday on the course, getting a good read for how greens were going to roll.
"Anything we could have done to help us (Monday), I felt like we did. We chipped, we pitched, we putted. This is something that these girls have talked about for over a year now. Monday they kept their composure and put themselves in a situation to succeed."
Individually for the Eagles, Ashton Goodley shot a 79 to finish fourth overall. Taylor Goodley fired an 81, while Taylor Aldridge shot a 99. Ashton Unthank rounded out the top four for Eldorado after carding a 105.
"Ashton (Goodley) got back in the hunt this year after missing out on going to state by a stroke last year," Goodley said. "She showed a lot of maturity and played solid and consistent. She just played a smart round.
Ashton Goodley shot a 39-40, while twin sister Taylor shot a 42-39, providing her coach to commend her on her performance.
"She started out shaky, but when you look at what she was able to do on the backside, turning things around the way she did, under that situation and pressure is really good. I can'
I can't say enough about the way Taylor Aldridge and Ashton Unthank. They really both dug down deep and gave us a good score to work with. Neither one of those two were real happy with their scores at the regional and made the necessary corrections and adjustments to put us in contention."
The other two team's to make it out of the sectional were Massac County (343) and Nashville (357).
Nashville's Shawn Rennegarbe took overall medalist honors with a 74.
Harrisburg freshmen Alexa Burtis shot a 60-55-115 and did not advance to state as an individual.
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At Hickory Ridge in Carbondale, Bulldog senior Alexander Tison missed out on a state tournament berth after shooting an 83. Tison shot a 40 on the front and finished out with a 43. A round of 76 was the highest score to advance to the state tournament.
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