Ali Schrock wins golf regional title
Ali Schrock is the defending Class A state girls’ golf champion. On a windy day in which most of the participants at the Central Catholic Regional, it was Schrock who stood firm and took home the top-place medal by 11 strokes.
Schrock fired a three-under 69 to win the tournament at Prairie Vista Golf Course and move on to the sectional, which will be played in her backyard — the Elks Club — next Monday.
“I just think that she was really locked in on how she wanted to attack the wind and her putting was phenomenal today,” PTHS head coach Gary Brunner said of Schrock. “Our whole team played really well, considering Taylor (Parsons) became ill … and had to withdraw and we still end up within five of advancing.
“Our score advances in 10 of the 16 regionals and I believe that our regional had to be one of the toughest Class A ones in the state.”
Three players tied for second at 80, including Sidney Jockisch, who led Peoria (Notre Dame) to the team title. The Irish finished at 366, eight strokes ahead of runnerup Central Catholic (374) Metamora was the third team to advance to the next level with a 384, edging Pontiac by five strokes. PTHS had a 389 for fourth, El Paso-Gridley was seventh with 417 and was followed by Prairie Central at 448 and Fieldcrest with a 460.
Schrock is not the only Pontiac Indian to move on as freshman Dani Grace Schrock placed seventh overall with an 84. Also moving on to the Pontiac Sectional were EPG’s Makenna Parkhouse (89) and Emma Baker (99).
Rylee Zimmerman was third for Pontiac with a 109 and Macey Rice carded a 127 to complete the scoring. Aliya Leonard shot 167 and Parsons withdrew.
For EPG, Kate Henkel followed Parkhouse and Baker with a 110 and Faith Seal shot 119 to complete the team scoring. Skyeler Woods finished with a 121 and Sami Harlan had 138.
Prairie Central was led by Alycia Lewis-Deaton’s 109 and Katelind Winterland was right behind with a 110. Alyssa Bachtold shot 114 and Hannah Austman tallied a 115 to complete the PC scoring. Lyndie Shumaker put up a 118 with Taylar Beal shooting 137.
Alivia Tjaden missed advancing by losing a playoff after shooting 102 to pace Fieldcrest. Faith Theesfield shot 113, Kylie Gaspardo had 117 and Elana Kearfott finished at 128 for the FHS scoring. Savannah Fortner (157) and Emily Medley (215) also competed.
Flanagan-Cornell did not have a full foursome to count as a team. The trio of Tatum Iverson (125), Hannah Rustman (136) and Devin Snow (143) represented the Falcons.
Only five players broke 100 on a wind-swept Shewami Country Club course that hosted the Watseka Regional. But Dwight had two players shoot under 110 and two more come in under 120 as the Trojans finished with a 448 to take third place and advance to the Pontiac Sectional.
Beecher won the team title with a 386 and Watseka came in at 416 to also move on to the Elks Club.
Kat Harms led Dwight with a 106 and Chloe Butterbrodt was next at 108. Kelly Deterding finished with a 116 and Isabelle Schultz tallied 119 to complete the DTHS scoring. Gabby Mascolo had 123 and Miranda Holte shot 127 for the Trojans.