Hurley heading to state
Ali Hurley, a junior at Carlinville High School, advanced to the IHSA girls golf sectional for a second straight year, then topped it one better Monday.
Hurley has qualified for the state tournament Friday and Saturday at Red Tail Golf Course in Decatur for Class 1A.
Competing at Edgewood Golf Club in Auburn last Wednesday. Hurley shot a round of 90 through 18 holes, which was good enough to qualify for sectionals Monday at Lincoln’s Elks Golf Course.
The Cavaliers as a team finished seventh with a score of 477. The top three teams and top 10 individuals not on the top three teams advance further along in postseason.
Williamsville, led by medalist Margaux Thuilliez with a 74, easily won the regional team title with a 382. Lincoln was second at 39 and Raymond Lincolnwood was third at 396.
North Mac’s Mikayla Blankenship shot a 100 to also advance to the Lincoln Sectional on Monday.
On Monday at Elk’s Golf Course in Lincoln, Hurley improved her score from regionals by shooting an 81, fourth overall, to advance to state as one of 10 individuals not on the top three teams advancing.
Hurley shot a 42 on the front nine and a 39 on the back nine for a 18-hole score of 81.
Charleston (335), Bloomington Central Catholic (363) and Normal University (364) advanced as teams.
The overall medalist was Charleston’s Lauren Chappell with a 71.
Auburn’s Katie Tanner and Lincolnwood’s Abby Brockmeyer were among other area golfers advancing to state with an 84 and 87 respectively.
Blankenship of North Mac shot a 96 (49-47) at sectionals and did not advance.