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Prep Golf: Nicholes makes history at Harrisburg

  • Harrisburg's Frankie Leigh Nicholes shot a 73 Wednesday to earn overall medalist honors at the SIRR River-To-River girls' golf tournament

    Harrisburg's Frankie Leigh Nicholes shot a 73 Wednesday to earn overall medalist honors at the SIRR River-To-River girls' golf tournament
    SPYDER DANN | mdann@dailyregister.com

 
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updated: 9/22/2021 7:07 PM

Harrisburg made school history at Tuesday's Southern Illinois River-To-River Conference girls golf tournament as Frankie Leigh Nicholes took home top honors and did so with authority.
The sophomore sensation shot a 73, going out in 38 and coming in with a 35 and beat the Ohio field by as many as eight strokes to take home top medalist honors.
Nicholes said after celebrating with her team at Mackies Pizza Wednesday that the key to her day was her short game.
"It was cold and windy all day," Nicholes said. "The wind was bad and I had to take that into consideration for a lot of my shots. My short game was really working well today and with it being played on a shorter course, I had shorter chips and was able to get up and down really well. If I didn't play as well as I did with my short game, the rest would have been worse."
On the team side, Massac County took home the SIRR Ohio trophy with a 347 as Harrisburg was second with aa 356.
Benton was third at 390, while West Frankfort (392), Murphysboro (437) rounded out the team scoring.
After Nicholes' 73, Harrisburg senior Madison McClusky carded a 81 and was second overall, while Gracie Behnke finished 10th with a 95 and Hannah Jones had a 107 for the Bulldogs. Also participating for Harrisburg was Jaci Robinson (114) and Laura Behnke (130).
On the SIRR Mississippi side, Nashville ran away with the team title, finishing with a 365, while Pinckneyville was second with a 406. Anna-Jonesboro added a 413 and Carterville carded a 488. Du Quoin had no team score.
Anna-Jonesboro's Marlee Smith took home medalist honors for the Mississippi with an 84 as she shot a pair of 42's on the day.
BDC Tournament
At Franklin County Country Club Wednesday, the Eldorado duo of Adrianna Poore and Alexa Haenel turned in scores of 101 and 112, respectively.
Zeigler-Royalton-Christopher won the tournament after shooting a 376, while Z-R-C's Chelsea Young took medalist honors with an 84.