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.

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.