Hornettes Golf Squad Takes 2nd In State

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The Nashville High School girls golf team brought home their fifth top four finish since 2010 with a second place finish at the Class 1A IHSA State Tournament, held October 14-15. BACK ROW: Assistant Coach Don Hawkins, Hope Rueter, Jordan Stiegman, Brooke Bartling, Rachael Kell and Coach Doug Kell. FRONT ROW: Sara Guetersloh, and Jill Guetersloh. See Page B2 For More.

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After winning the conference championship, the regional title, and the sectional title, the Nashville Hornettes golf team brought home some more hardware as they capped off an amazing season with a runner-up finish in the Class 1A State Tournament. This season marked the fifth time in the last seven seasons that the Nashville Hornettes came away with a top-four finish, the first since 2013.

The Hornettes finished seven strokes behind the state champion Charleston, who were led by individual state champion Lauren Chappell. The Hornettes finished 20 strokes ahead of third place Rockford Lutheran, and 24 strokes ahead of fourth place Massac County.

After the first round of competition, the Hornettes were 11 strokes behind Charleston. The Hornettes were led on day one by senior Jill Guetersloh, who shot seven strokes over par with a 79. Hope Rueter was second on the team with an 82, followed by Rachael Kell with an 84, and Jordan Stiegman with a 92. The top four scores from each day counted towards the overall team score. Both Sara Guetersloh and Brooke Bartling just missed out on cracking the top four for the Hornettes as Sara Guetersloh finished with a 94 in round 1 and Bartling finished with a 95.

In round 2, the Hornettes tried to make a comeback, but fell just short. Overall the Hornettes finished with a better score in round 2 than Charleston, but were only able to gain four strokes. In round 2, the Hornettes were led by Kell, who shot an 85. Rueter and Sara Guetersloh were right behind Kell, as they both shot an 86 in round 2. The top four for Nashville was rounded out by Stiegman, who finished with an 89 for the Hornettes. Bartling finished with a 93, and Jill Guetersloh finished with a 94 to finish out the state tournament.

Ovearll 108 golfers competed in both rounds of the tournament. Each of the Hornettes six players were able to finish in the top 70 of the tournament. Rueter was the top finisher for Nasvhille in the tournament, as she turned in the 22nd best score in the tournament with a 168. Kell was right behind Rueter with the 29th best overall score with a 169. Jill Guetersloh finished in 40th overall with a 173 followed by Sara Guetersloh in 57th with a 180, Stiegman with a 181 in 58th place, and Bartling in 66th place with a 188.

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ABOVE, FROM LEFT: Jordan Stiegman lines up her shot on the green at Red Tail Run Golf Course, in Decatur; Rachael Kell hits an apporach shot during the State Tournament, which was held Friday October 14, and Saturday October 15; Brooke Bartling putts the ball in on the 18th hole during the State Tournament; Hope Rueter tees off during the Class 1A Girls Golf Tournament. BELOW LEFT: Jill Guetersloh knocks in a putt. BELOW RIGHT: Sara Guetersloh knocks through a putt.

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