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Through rain and Homecoming, Bombers punch state golf ticket

SCOTT HOLLAND

Voice Sports Editor

SPRINGFIELD – There was nothing easy about it, but the Macomb girls golf team became the fifth squad in program history to qualify for the state meet and the first since 1980 at Saturday’s Class 1A Williamsville Sectional.

The Bombers shot a 381 as a team, finishing third.

Champaign St. Thomas More won the meet with a 352 while Charleston was second with a 368.

Macomb beat Pittsfield by nine strokes to grab the last team-qualifying spot. “It was rough, but we got through,” Macomb coach Mary Quigle said.

The Bombers had to sit through an hours-long weather delay, then had to focus on golf as the thoughts of that night’s Homecoming dance played in their minds.

“Being Homecoming, my whole issue this week was to keep them focused on golf, not Homecoming and it was very difficult for the girls to do that,” Quigle said. “They were really upset we had the delay, we knew we’d be late getting back, so we had to try to get them focused on golf and they were able to stay with it.”

Emma Thorman led the way for Macomb, shooting an 82, tying for third.

“Emma brings a lot and not just her scores, but her dedication to what she does,” Quigle said. “It infects the other girls, she’s working super hard and putting in the time and effort and that makes the team want to do the same, it’s why we’ve gelled as team. She’s the leader with her dedication and it helps everyone else’s effort also.”

Next for Macomb was Karlie Wisslead. Wisslead shot a 97 to be the second- lowest scoring Bomber.

“Karlie really came in for us, the last two meets she’s really scored for us,” Quigle said. “Then Kelsie (Cawthon, 102) and Carman (McMahon, 100) were steady. They all know they could do better, but it was a tough day and a great accomplishment.”

The scores of Cawthon, McMahon and Wisslead were even bigger for Macomb as the Bombers’ usual second scorer, Laine Torrance had a tough-luck disqualification.

“Laine and another girl accidentally played each other’s ball, then they teed off on the next hole,” Quigle said. “It’s tough for her, but I think it will help the other girls’ confidence next week, they know Laine’s score is important for us, but they also know their scores are just as important. Anything can happen, so you have to play your best to get your scores where we need them.” Reach Scott Holland via email at sholland@ McDonoughVoice. com and follow him on Twitter @ hottscolland81.

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