SALEM, ILL. – Mt. Carmel won its first IHSA Class 1A girls golf regional championship since 2015 with a 16-shot victory at Salem Country Club on Wednesday.

The top three teams automatically advance to next week’s Sectional tournament in Centralia. Mt. Carmel will be there for the ninth straight year, a streak that dates to 2010.

The Lady Aces recorded a team total of 380. Hamilton County was second at 396, with Waltonville also advancing with a team round of 407. Salem just missed the cut, finishing in fourth, two shots behind Waltonville. Harrisburg took fifth, followed by Eldorado, Carmi, Centralia and Woodlawn.

Allyson Armstrong and Daisy Schrader both fired rounds of 91 to lead the way for Mt. Carmel. They tied for third place in the final standings. Kylee Vaughn of Hamilton County scorched the field with a four-over par round of 77 on the 5,214 yard layout – 13 shots ahead of her nearest competitor, Salem’s Kenzie Anderson, who finished with a 90, one shot better than Armstrong and Schrader.

Also scoring for Mt. Carmel were Faith Witsman (95) and Maya Smith (103). Nevaeh Brock also played, and finished with a 128.

The sectional tourney will be played on Monday, Oct. 8 at Greenview Golf Course in Centralia, bringing together the top three teams from four regionals: Salem, Effingham, Carterville and Okawville. The top three teams and top 10 individuals not a part of those teams will advance to the IHSA Class 1A state tournament, at Red Tail Run in Decatur on Oct. 12-13.

ACES ASIDES: This is the fifth regional title for Mt. Carmel, which won three straight crowns from 2013-2015… The Lady Aces have qualified for the state tourney once, finishing in fourth in 2015.