By Lenny Sementi
The title simply says it all.
Claire Ring opened her round battling both mother nature and the seven other squads in the Central Illinois Conference, and the senior from Tuscola soundly beat them both. She ended the day shooting an 18-hole career best 87 on her home course to take home medalist honors in the CIC conference tourney Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Ironhorse Golf Club in Tuscola.
The Lady Warriors’ number one pared six holes on the front nine en-route to a 39 going out and made the turn with a six-stroke lead. She increased it by one on the back side to secure the first Girls’ CIC Championship in school history. She teed off in the rain and took full advantage building an early lead. She played one over on the first seven holes before the sun finally broke through the clouds then never looked back keeping five strokes between her and the closest competitor.
Laney Banta was next up for the third place Warriors ending the day with a season best 115 and finishing just one spot out of collecting all conference accolades landing in sixth place. Whitney Root was next in the three hole for Coach Doug Bauer ending up in 11th on the girls’ side.
Tyler Bialeschki fired a career best 104 to lead the Warriors to a fourth place finish with a 437. The sophomore carded a 53 on the front and was two better on the back coming in with a 51 to take 14th individually. Brody Good was one spot back in 15th with an 18-hole career best 106 posting a 52 on the front and a 54 on the back. In the three hole for Tuscola was sophomore Mathew Erickson. The Warriors’ usual number one flirted with the top ten most of the day, but a rough stretch on the back nine proved costly landing him just behind Bialeschki and Good in 16th place. Landon Banta was the fourth and final scorer for the boys in black in gold finishing the day in the top 25 out of more than 50 golfers, while Cory Dunn and Colson Poffenberger toured the links as alternates.