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Kahok Girls Golfers Set School Record

By Mark Jurgena

Last October at the Marion Class 2A Regional golf tournament the Collinsville girls team shot a school-record team score of 353 on their final day of the season.

On August 18th, in their first team match of 2021, they fired another record of 338 at the Madison County Large School meet at The Legacy Golf Club in Granite City.

CHS finished in 4th place only one shot behind 3rd place Alton and six shots behind 2nd place Triad. Edwardsville won the title by shooting a 314.

“The Madison County was a great start to the year,” said coach Steve Schneider. “338 is a great team score. Three scores in the 80s and three medalists in the large school division. We were really happy with that start.”

The Kahoks were led by Abby Fister’s ten over par 80. She tied Addison Kenney of Alton and Grace Daech of Edwardsville for 5th place.

Maya Clark finished in 8th place with an 83.

Ricki Merlak tied for 9th place with Makenna Keith of Triad. Both golfers shot an 85.

Kiley Belobraydic fired a 90, good enough for the 14th spot, Lainey Bolandis came in 22nd place with a 96. 

 Grace Lanier placed 29th.

  Nicole Johnson of Edwardsville won the tourney title by firing a four-under-par 66. 

While Edwardsville won the large school title, Alton (Marquette) came away with the overall title. The Explorers fired a 309 score as a team, five strokes ahead of Edwardsville.

Belleville West Invite

Friday, August 20th saw the girls travel to The Orchards in Belleville.

They returned with a team score of 382 and a 9th place finish out of 11 teams.

Clark led the way for CHS with a 91. Merlak shot a 96 while Belobraydic had a round of 98.    Fister was the fourth-ranked Kahok with a 100. Kyra Van Dyke shot a 102.

O’Fallon won the team title with a 330. 

Alton (Marquette) Blast-Off Tournament

On August 21st, they were at the Spencer T. Olin Golf Club in Alton and finished 9th out of 18 teams.

 The Kahoks fired a 388 only five strokes out of 7th place. Both Father McGivney and Quincy (Notre Dame) shot a 383 on the day.

“Obviously The Orchards and Spencer T. Olin are a little bit tougher golf courses,” Schneider began. “I would’ve liked to have seen some scores in the 360 range and we talked as a team, that was what we were shooting for. We didn’t really meet our goals, but I think it’s better to shoot those scores at the beginning of the season. Maybe learn some things from it, grow from it, and fire back in the mid to late part of the season.”

Bolandis led the way for CHS with a round of 96.

She was followed by Fister’s 97, Merlak’s 99, and Van Dyke’s 100.

Gracie Piar of Marquette won the Blast-Off tourney for the third consecutive season. The Cal State-Northridge commit, and three-time Alton Telegraph Girls Golfer of the Year fired a six-under 66 for the day. That total broke her existing school record of 68 for 18 holes.

 “She’s a phenomenal golfer,” said Schneider. “A 66 is an incredible score. We’ve not been paired with her yet but you hear rumors about how far she hits the ball. We’ve heard some things about her being able to hit it 300 yards, it’s just incredible. I wish her the best and I hope she keeps playing well.”

Not surprisingly, Marquette wrestled the title away from O’Fallon by seven shots. The Explorers fired a 313 on the Riverbend course.

Kahok Notes: the JV girls team went 10-0 for the week. In three matches they dominated all opponents.

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