April 25, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

NORMAL - Sophomore Adrian Brown earned medalist honors, but it wasn't enough Monday as the John A. Logan College women's golf team could not hold a seven-stroke lead and dropped the team title to Rend Lake, 713 to 720, for the Region 24 championship.

The competition was held at Weibring Golf Cub in Normal, the home course for Illinois State University.

A Carterville High School grad, Brown had a combined score of 171 that included rounds of 90 on Sunday and 81 Monday. 

"Winning medaliist honors was a goal I set for myself this year and I'm glad I accomplished it," Brown said. "It was the perfect ending to my time as a Lady Vol."

Sophomore Reagan Keepes of Mount Carmel followed with a combined score of 178 (90/88). 

Freshman Madison Bushue of Effingham was next with a 181 (89/92) and sophomore Payton Choate of Trico checked in with a 190 (93/97). 

All four qualify for the national meet in Daytona Beach, Fla. next month. Falling just short of qualification was freshman Mariah Bushue of Effingham, who carded a 192 (95/97).

"I won't lie. It was a little disappointing that we couldn't follow up yesterday's round with a better round today and protect the lead we had going into the day," said Vols head coach Bill Glenn. 

Glenn said he was pleased for Brown that she won the individual title despite struggling to score well on Sunday.

"She settled in today and played much better. We just couldn't put any low scores up as a team and it's hard to beat a good team like Rend Lake if you don't."

Glenn said he was glad that four of his five girls qualified for the national meet.

"I am still hopeful they will save their best for last," he said.

Kaskaskia was the third team competing at the Region 24 tournament and posted a team score of 807 to finish a distant third.