Monday, October 15, 2018

Metamora's Lady Redbirds Varsity Golf team at Decatur, Red Tail Run Golf Club Friday October 12th

IHSA GIRL'S GOLF  at  Decatur's Red Tail Run

 Junior, Aubrey Youngquist, focused on her ball as she starts her 18 hole score of 89 for the day.

Senior Grace Simpson about to hit her drive on her first hole.
Brooke Drier, lining up her par putt during the first round of Girls 1A State Golf.
 Hannah Heiden takes a fairway shot during Saturday’s
 Individual round.

Some Fatherly advice to Hannah Heiden, from her Dad Jeff Heiden, in preparation of Saturday’s Individual Play.  Looking on is Metamora’s Coach Danner.
Dressed for the weather conditions, Mr. & Mrs Simpson along with Marcie Youngquist and Assistant Coach Tom Ambrosch pose for this photo at the 10th hole tee box.

State Series Information & Results

Girls Golf Team Results — Round 1 — 2018-19

This is it, the final golf event for Metamora's Lady Redbirds Varsity Golf team.  The lady's arrived here Thursday morning for their practice round in preparation of Friday's first round of 1A State Golf at Decatur's Red Tail Run.  This challenging and yet very appealing to the eye golf course, designed by PGAs Raymond Floyd, resembles and plays similar to our own Metamora Fields Golf Course.  Our lady redbirds would find some comfort to this course due to the similarity in the layout of its fairways, bunkers, fescue in the rough's,  slightly rolling fairway's and conservatively raised greens.  They practiced well Thursday in the blustery winds, dressed for the cool crisp fall weather in the early days of October.

During Monday's Sectional Qualifying round in Pontiac, the temperature was at a surprisingly 90 degrees; not here Friday.  As if the rug was pulled out from underneath Monday's weather, it was an overcast, cold and just plain"icky" day for golf.  Arriving here Friday morning to the golf course, the steam was rising from the water between the 12th and 18th holes, behind the Clubhouse; it was Mother Nature's way of saying that this body of water was warmer than the air.  Temperature here for the first foursome teeing off was an impressive 39 degrees, with the Sun was just barely peering out from behind these heavy grey clouds tempting to drop rain upon this round of golfers.  Remember, just Monday of this week it was a very warm and humid 90 degrees, now 39 degrees; oh my.

The Redbird's tee times for was early in the morning as they started off on the back nine holes (10 -18) as other team foursomes throughout the state started on the front nine (1-9).  The lady's played well in their first nine holes with the weather going from a somewhat sunny and cold morning to an entirely overcast and colder morning with the temperature dropping down to the mid 30s.  In fact, about two hours into their play, it began to rain softly then converting into sleet adding another form of handicap to this already challenging golf course.  Many of us learned at that same exact moment it was actually snowing here, back home.  Despite the challenge of this weather, the girls continued on with their second set of nine holes.  

Staying dry and warm had to be in the back of the girls mind during their final nine holes.  One player from another team was overheard saying "I just want this to be over, I am so over this weather".  Playing Golf is one thing, but then to be subjected to mid 30s and being rained on constantly for close to three hours is tough; it wears on you as you focus on hitting a good drive, approach shots and then putting.  The weather conditions here really challenged all of the girls, especially the girls who teed off later than the qualifying teams for State.  These girls played their entire 18 holes in this weather that was only meant for ducks and geese to enjoy.  Central Illinois was represented well here in Decatur for the first round of State golf.  Familiar teams (Bloomington Central Catholic) and individuals were here; Chillicothe's Elaine Grant, Eureka's Allison and Carolyn Pacocha and Peoria Notre Dame's Sidney Jockish.

Competing against other 1A schools here at Red Tail Run were Alton's Marquette, St. Thomas More (Champaign), Latin (Chicago), Geneseo, Metropolis/Massac County, Providence Catholic (New Lenox), Pickneyville, Rochester, St. Francis (Wheaton) and Williamsville.  The girls scores were accumulated and turned in every three holes where spectators that stayed in the club house could see them on the large scoreboard.  Each school team was paired with 3 other schools, slowly these scores were turned in and the teams top four individuals were collected and posted.  As the team final foursomes were received, entered and then seen by all, the Lady Redbirds missed the cut for the second round here at Red Tail Run by -3 strokes and came in 9th of the 12 schools.  The top 8 schools advanced to Saturday's final round unlike in years past, everyone advanced.  However, there was excitement in the clubhouse as Metamora's Hannah Heiden advanced as an individual in Saturday's final round.  

The Lady Redbirds were led by Hannah Heiden's 84, then Aubrey Youngquist's 89, Haleigh Hassinger's 96, Drier and Simpson's 97 and Kara Hyde's 100.  The Lady Redbirds had an incredible season after winning another Mid-Illini Conference title, earning a top three spot in Regional's, edging out an impressive Peoria Notre Dame team for State at Sectionals and making it to a familiar state play for coaches Danner and Ambrosch.  These athletes did well and should be proud of their individual and team accomplishments.  Their season literally went from the blast furnace days of August to the freezing days of early October; well done ladies.  But that isn't all, Saturday, Hannah Heiden continued on with her individual play as she qualifed as one of the top 24 individual players with her impressive score of 84 at this Championship par 72 golf course.

Along with other individual players, Hannah continued on with her golf season one more day with 18 more holes of golf.  From yesterday's gloomy, cold, rainy and sleet filled weather, today started off just plain cold and overcast.  Anticipating wet and muddy fairway conditions from yesterday's weather, this Raymond Floyd golf course drained very well, where their fairway shots hit and advanced, rather than stuck upon their heavy impact from their drive or secondary shot.  Heiden was paired with three other Sophomore's from Rochester (Karlie Schnepp) Dixon (Bella Heintzelman) and Effingham's St. Anthony (Ava Wegman).  All four girls played well here on an entirely different day of golf due to today's weather.  The course reacted well to their drives, secondary and approach shots and putts; this is typical golf from one days weather conditions to the next.  After 18 holes of Final Championship golf with over two dozen fans in the gallery, comprising of fellow teammates, parents and coaches following them, Metamora's Hannah Heiden shoots an 86 and places 34th in the State for Girls 1A Golf.  Well done Hannah and the Lady Redbird Girls Varsity 2018 team.  

Submitted in by Independent Journalist, Charlie Drier

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