Aces sweep invite field

MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. – The boy’s golf team at Mount Carmel High School is a veteran team, with four seniors leading the way. Meanwhile, the Lady Aces team is devoid of seniors, relying on freshmen and sophomores for leadership.

On Thursday, at the season-opening Mount Carmel Invitational, it didn’t matter. Both Aces teams finished at the top of the standings in their respective divisions.

Boys coach John White, beginning his 12th year at the helm, was dutifully impressed with his team’s cumulative round of 309. So much so that if they turn that score again in two months at the sectional tournament, that score may land them a berth in the Class 1A state tournament.

Aces a model of consistency

MT. CARMEL – Aces golf coach John White is quickly learning something about his team.

“Today, we shot two 38s, two 39s and a 40. You can’t get much more consistent than that,” said White after Mt. Carmel’s 27-shot win over Robinson here on Tuesday. “That’s what I think this team will be like.”

The Aces, after finishing second at their own invitational Monday (losing to winner Harrisburg by one shot), again shot a team score of 154 in their first dual match of the season. But this time it was good enough for an easy win over Robinson’s score of 181.

Bridger Kolb and Blake Stipp were co-medalists on the day with rounds of 38. Sophomore Blake Golden, medalist Monday with an uber-impressive 2-under round of 33, was one shot back at 39, tied with Paul Ruth.

Abbey Leighty qualifies for Optimist tournament

DECATUR, IL – Braving the wind and rainy conditions, Abbey Leighty, senior to be at Mt. Carmel High School, qualified for the Optimist International Golf Championships.  The Optimist International will be held July 26 – 31 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Qualifying was held at Red Tail Run in Decatur where Leighty finished 3rd in the IHSA State Championship in October.  While the course and conditions were familiar, the course was played at 6,156 yards, much longer than the State Tournament.  Rounds of 80-78-80 gave Abbey a 3 day total of 238 put her in 4th place assuring a coveted spot in the prestigious field.

Future of Aces golf on display at S.K. Smith tourney

MOUNT CARMEL — The future of Mount Carmel High School golf played itself out Monday at Mount Carmel Golf Course. The S.K. Smith Junior golf tournament brought together boys and girls ages 5-18 to play rounds of between three and nine holes.

Guisewite heads to Golf Championship

Former MCHS State Champion Golf Team Member, Tucker Guisewite, will be teeing off in the NCAA Division ll Men's Golf Championship in Conover, North Carolina next week. Guisewite, who is averaging 3 over par this season, is a senior at the University of Indianapolis,

Golf award banquet held

MT. CARMEL – As she reviewed the accomplishments of the 46-4 Lady Aces golf season, coach Karin Kelsey told the crowd gathered at Monday’s post-season banquet that “it was such a wonderful year. This is as close to perfect as I’ll ever get.”

With only one graduating senior, however, the talented returnees of 2015 could move her even closer.

The boys team was also honored at the banquet as they too eye a very promising future as well.

Tewell ready for next move

Mt. Carmel senior golfer Morgan Tewell isn’t worried about the adjustment to college life next year at Nebraska-Kearney, where Monday she signed athletic and academic scholarship papers to attend.

Because she’s already been through all that.

Tewell transferred to Mt. Carmel from Lawrenceville, where she was on the boy’s team, for her senior season and served as the lone upperclassmen on a 46-4 Lady Aces team that only lost matches to teams who finished in the top five at the IHSA Class 1A state golf tournament.

Making new friends and moving somewhere new has turned into good training for what lies ahead in Tewell’s life.

“I really think the transition will be easier,” Tewell said. “After moving here and knowing what it will be like will be an advantage and I will be ready.”

Mt. Carmel coach Karin Kelsey couldn’t have been happier with the move. “She blended in really well, but what impressed me was she helped our younger golfers and was such a good leader,” Kelsey said.

Leighty ties for 3rd at state golf tourney

DECATUR, Ill. – Abbey Leighty recorded the best individual finish by a Mt. Carmel golfer ever at the IHSA state tournament on Saturday.

Leighty, a junior making her third straight appearance at the Class A finals at Red Tail Run Golf Course here, tied for third place, with a 36-hole total of 152, three shots off the medalist pace set by Lauren Chappell of Charleston. Leighty finished tied with Taylor Goodley of Eldorado, both two shots in back of state runnerup Morgan Savage of Rochester.

The third-place finish by Leighty topped the previous school best fourth-place finish turned in by Wade Thompson at the 2010 Class 1A tournament. Thomas, while leading the Aces team to the state championship, tied for fourth with a 151, six shots behind medalist Nate Davis of Winchester.

Lady Aces miss state by one shot

WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. – Even as a young team with only one senior, the Mt. Carmel Lady Aces golf team was poised to advance to the IHSA Class A state tournament. They won the regional tournament last week in impressive fashion.

But it wasn’t enough as the Lady Aces missed going to state by one shot at Tuesday’s rain-delayed Class A Sectional tournament at the Franklin Country Club course. Mt. Carmel finished fourth with a final team score of 345, one shot away from Massac County, which fired a 344 to claim third-place and the final spot for automatic advancement.


Effingham, Ill. – The Mt. Carmel girl’s golf team did more than win their second straight IHSA Class A regional championship on Wednesday. In routing the field here, they sent a message to the rest of the state that they are ready to compete for a state tournament bid.

The Lady Aces blitzed the field at the Effingham Country Club Course, winning the title by 24 strokes. Mt. Carmel’s team score of 361 bettered two teams who use this as their home course: second-place Effingham (385) and third-place Effingham St. Anthony (390). Those three teams will advance to the Class A Sectional tournament Monday at West Frankfort.


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