Highland IL Bulldogs boys and golf teams continue season

In only their second home game of the season, the Highland Lady Bulldogs golf team once again put on a solid performance.

On Monday, August 29, the Lady Bulldogs fought their way past Breese Central and Civic Memorial for a three-game win at Highland Country Club. HHS won the game with a team score of 174, followed by Breese Central (214) in second place and Civic Memorial (228) in third place.

The Lady Bulldogs’ exit was a pleasant sight for first-year coach Jordan Keeven as HHS improved their stroke total by nearly 10 since their first home win over Triad on August 15.

“I’m very happy with their performance tonight,” Keeven said. “The college team is up nine shots from the (Triad) game we had just two weeks ago, so they’re making quite a bit of improvement there and I’m very proud of that. “

Senior Maci Miles led the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs – shooting a 41 – and was the game’s medalist, followed by second Sidney Coziar with a 42. Junior Brooke Hunsche rounded out the top scorers, shooting a 45. Miles’ 41 was a career-high score for her.

Keeven was particularly pleased with the performance of the Lady Bulldogs given the consistently difficult course conditions at Highland Country Club.

“It’s tough and it’s still tough, especially for visitors, to get in and play with the hills and the way the greens are laid out. It’s a tough place even for our girls, but they train there all the time,” Keeven said.

Other Lady Bulldogs contributors early this fall include sophomore Kalei Gould, senior Lauren Janini and senior Camryn Burns, who round out the team’s roster. Janini had a career-best score on Monday, August 29 with a 46.

HHS has also done well early in some tournaments, winning the Madison County Tournament Small Schools Championship on August 16 with a score of 371 for first place and then a solid sixth place finish at the Belleville West Invitational on August 19. august.

Keeven believes the club are off to a good start and are steadily improving with each game.

“They’re really learning and really bringing their skills and potential together,” Keeven said. “We haven’t ranked as well (recently in tournaments) as Madison County, but we keep breaking our scores and we keep learning new things. And I think they’re starting to realize what a great team they are.

HHS boy golfers doing well at Waterloo

Monday August 29 was also a very good day for the Highland Boys Golf Team as they traveled to Waterloo and played Mascoutah and host Waterloo at Acorns Golf Links.

The Bulldogs finished tied for first place with Mascoutah, with each club shooting a low 159 while Mascoutah shot 160 to finish second overall.

“It was actually a really good game. Everyone was within a shot (of each other),” Highlands coach Clint Hamilton said.

Senior Mason Imig led HHS with a score of 38 while fellow senior Dominick Emig shot a 39 and junior Easton Belford shot a 40 to lead the Bulldogs effort.

Additional contributions, strong quick start

Hamilton liked the tight grouping of his players’ scores and noted that every player at the club this year is capable of being the top scorer.

“One to five or six, anybody can kind of shoot anything (in terms of scoring) on ​​any given day, so it’s kind of hard to put one to five, which is a good thing because you never know who’s going to come out and play well,” Hamilton said. “

Rounding out the Bulldogs’ roster and giving them depth and competition for the top six spots are seniors Logan Powers and Gabe Korte, along with sophomores Braden Schropf, Alex Reinarman and Blake Reinarman.

“We’re all there with each other and it kind of depends on what day a kid will be one or two shots better, so it’s good to have that depth and we’re still quite young too,” he said. said Hamilton.

Solid start to the season

Hamilton said he felt the team started strong this fall. Highland placed third in the Madison County Tournament Big School Division with a score of 323 on August 18 and performed well in regular play.

“The first tournament of the year at Spencer T. (Olin), we struggled as a team, then we played at Belk Park two days later and ended up finishing third in the big school division. So the kids got their feet wet that game and kind of settled down a bit,” Hamilton said. “We’ve won our last three twos or threes that we’ve played, so they’re really settling in (well).”

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Pictured is the 2022 Highland Girls Golf Team as they celebrate after winning against Triad on August 15 at Highland Country Club. HHS got off to a good start this fall.

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Highland Mason Emig sets up a putt during the Madison County Tournament at Belk Park Golf Course in Wood River on August 18. Highland placed third in the big school division with a score of 323. Provided

This story was originally published August 30, 2022 6:24 p.m.