Litchfield senior Carly Guinn has been near the top of the leaderboard in most of her matches in 2021, but hadn’t finished first individually going into the Panthers’ match on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
That all changed at the Carlinville Country Club as Guinn fired a 5-over-par 41 to take the top spot and help the Panthers beat Carlinville and Litchfield.
Guinn’s round was three strokes better than her closest competition, Carlinville’s Marlee Whitler, who shot a 44 on her home course. The win was the eighth time that a Litchfield player had earned medalist honors in the Panthers’ nine matches, with Laura Boston (6) and Hailey Rentz (1) also grabbing the top spot this year.
Boston and Rentz would also play well for Litchfield, shooting the third and fourth best individual scores with a 45 and a 50 on the par-36 Macoupin County course. Alyssa Loyd and Charlotte Gardner tied for the final scoring round for the Panthers, while Lauren Monke was Litchfield’s sixth player with a 55. Olivia Fleming would also play a JV round and shot a 56 on the day, which would have been a scoring round for the other two teams in Carlinville, the host Cavies and Hillsboro.
With the Panthers running away with the top team spot with a 189, which improved their record to 19-1 on the season, the battle was for second place. Carlinville finished with a 222 on their home course, good enough to beat Hillsboro by 16 strokes.
Meagan Jorn paced the Toppers with a 53, which tied for the fifth best round with Loyd and Gardner. Alex Frailey and Sam Frailey both shot 58s for Hillsboro, while Aurelie Granito finished out the scoring with a 67.
Both Montgomery County teams will be in Vandalia tonight for a match at the Vandalia Country Club, and at Indian Springs Golf Course in Fillmore on Monday, Sept. 27, for this year’s South Central Conference Tournament. Litchfield is also scheduled to play at Edgewood Golf Course in Auburn on Sept. 25, in the Trojans’ Ryder Cup style event.
Sept. 21 at Carlinville
Carlinville Country Club - Par 36
Girls Team Results: 1. Litchfield 189; 2. Carlinville 222; 3. Hillsboro 238.
Medalist: Carly Guinn Litchfield 41
Litchfield (189) - Carly Guinn 41, Laura Boston 45, Hailey Rentz 50, Alyssa Loyd 53, Charlotte Gardner 53, Lauren Monke 55. JV: Olivia Fleming 56.
Carlinville (222) - Marlee Whitler 44, Megan Dunn 55, Annabelle Hulin 60, Sophie Ruffato 63, Amanda Cox 65.
Hillsboro (238) - Megan Jorn 53, Alex Frailey 58, Sam Frailey 58, Aurelie Granito 67.