Gillespie High School golf back in full swing

Gillespie High School golf back in full swing

By JACKSON WILSON

Coal Country Times Reporter

Mother Nature brought rain and forced the Miners to wait a couple of extra days, but Gillespie High School golf is officially back.

The boys opened their season against Auburn, Mt. Olive, Litchfield and Staunton at Timber Lakes Golf Course Aug. 23. Gillespie finished third overall with a team score of 211.

Preston Kaylor and Cameron Hailstone were the top performers for the Miners, shooting 47 and 48, respectively, over nine holes. Trenton Gill overcame a rough start and finished at 56 strokes. Brock Doty (60), Bryce Higginbotham (67) and Ridge Braudmeier (69) also participated for GHS.

Auburn walked away with a clean sweep, shooting a team total of 173. Litchfield ranked runner-up at 196. Mt. Olive (217) and Staunton (266) were both bested by Gillespie.

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The GHS girls’ team was represented by Grace Bertolino (67), Hannah Barrett (68), Allie Bergen (69) and Megan Labby (70) at Oak Terrace Park in Pana Aug. 29.

The Miners scored 274 collectively in nine holes, finishing at the bottom of a four-team field behind Rochester (188), Carlinville (221) and Pana (235).

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The Gillespie boys returned to Timber Lakes Sept. 3 and lowered their team score by eight strokes as a whole (203). Hailstone took command with a score of 41 and led the Miners to another victory over Mt. Olive.

Kaylor (54) suffered a minor let-down in comparison to his first meet, but got a strong foundation of support from his teammates.

Gill (50) and Higginbotham (59) showcased drastic improvement for Gillespie. Doty ended with 58 strokes and Braudmeier shot a 68.

South County swept the three-team match with a stroke total of 166.

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The Gillespie boys will make a third trip to Timber Lakes, Tuesday Sept. 10 and Rolling Hills (Southwestern) Sept. 12. Tuesday’s match gets underway at 4 p.m. Times for Thursday have yet to be determined.

The girls’ next match is at Williamsville, beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.