St. Joseph’s captures district golf championship; Incarnate Word advances to sectional
By: Warren Mayes
Once again, the St. Joseph’s Academy Angels are district golf champions.
The Angels captured the Class 2 District 2 at Aberdeen Golf Club with a team score of 343. Ursuline was second at 363. Both teams advance to the sectional along with Nerinx Hall, Incarnate Word and Kirkwood. Nerix Hall had five players while Incarnate Word and Kirkwood each had four players finish in the top 15 individual scores. That means they will compete the sectional tourney Monday (Oct. 8) at Crystal Springs Quarry Golf Club.
The other team scores were: 3. Nerinx Hall 381, 4. Kirkwood 399, 5. Incarnate Word 418, 6. Webster Groves 466.
“It never gets old,” St. Joseph’s coach Carol Fromuth said about winning the district tournament. “Finishing first is the goal every year. Second is OK because you still make the sectional that way but the tradition that St. Joseph’s has in athletics is so high and I’m competitive, too, that I want the golf team to win.”
The Angels dominated the district. St. Joseph’s won by 20 strokes.
“I thought we had a good chance of winning district,” Fromuth said. “We were coming off a second palce at a tournament in Jeff City. It was a loaded tournament with Class 2 schools. We lost to Rock Bridge and that’s a very good team. I felt we had a good chance in districts but you never know. The field was strong and it was tough. You throw four private schools in there and you know it’s going to be competitive.”
St. Joseph’s was led by senior Paige Schwetz, who finished second by a storke with an 80 and junior Kelsey Thompson, last year’s district champion, came in third with an 83. Sophomore Michelle Campbell was sixth with an 89. In ninth place was junior Erin Bowman with a 91. Sophomore Margaret Martel was 15th with a 101.
Schwetz had a chance to be the medalist, Fromuth said.
“She was going into the ninth hole as we started on the back side and she tripled it,” Fromuth said. “She went in the water on the second shot. Water is always on your mind on a hole with water. She had a good round though.”
“Kelsey had an 83. She had 84 last year at Crystal Farms when she won the district. It was a good round for her. She’s been working on her putting.”
Fromuth said her other players did well, too.
“Bowman has really turned it on,” Fromuth said. “She always hit the ball pretty well. She hits it solid. She has made good shots. I think was upset with her 90. Campbell is a sophomore and she has improved. I expect her to keep getting better. She has the perfect demeanor for golf. Nothing seems to bother her outwardly. You would never know if she had a par or a triple. She’s pretty stable. She’s a solid third for us.”
Ursuline’s Katlin Kalish was the medalist with a 79.
The four players from Incarnate Word to advance to the sectional were Elizabeth Francis (99), Amanda Ressel (100), Laura Kohnen (104) and Maggie Moran (115).
In other golf results, Summit won the Class 2 District 1 at Crown Pointe Golf Course with a team score of 361.
The other team scores were: 2. Farmington 388, 3. Cor Jesu 408, 4. Eureka 411, 5. Oakville 418, 6. Lindbergh 419, 7. Parkway South 422, 8. Seckman 448, 9. Northwest Cedar Hill 476, 10. Fox 547
Other local golfers advancing to the sectionals are Eureka’s Allison Rieske and Gabbie Stevens (both 98), and Parkway South’s Megan Crawford (102) and Alexandria Dannegger (103).
The sectional tournament will be Monday (Oct. 8) at Crystal Springs Quarry Golf Club. Summit and Farmington are the teams and they will be competing with St. Joseph’s Academy, Ursuline, Nerinx Hall, Incarnate Word and Kirkwood along with the individual players who qualified.