Carol Fromuth is happy, but she knows another big test lies ahead.
Fromuth’s St. Joseph’s Academy golf team fired a 343 on Wednesday to capture a 20-stroke victory at the Class 2 District 2 Tournament at Aberdeen Golf Course.
“I thought we would have a pretty good chance, but you never know,” Fromuth said. “The big thing now is Monday.”
Monday is sectional day around the state and will determine who will punch their ticket to state and who will see their season end just short of a trip to Cape Girardeau. The Angels will participate in the Sectional 1 tourney at Crystal Springs Quarry Golf Course. That sectional will include District 1 champion Summit and runner-up Farmington.
“They have a couple of strong players in Rachael Pearson and Stephanie Hulett,” Fromuth said of Summit. “Team-wise, it might have been a little stronger from our district.”
That claim can be backed up, as not only did the Angels and second-place Ursuline (363) land in the two team-qualifying spots from District 2, but Nerinx Hall pushed all five of its golfers through, and Kirkwood and Incarnate Word each advanced four, meaning those three teams also qualified for sectionals as a team.
“We’ll do the pairings tomorrow and know a lot more about what our chances are,” Fromuth said. “You’ve got to put it all together.”
St. Joe’s put it all together Wednesday, thanks to the efforts of senior Paige Schwetz (80), junior Kelsey Thompson (83), sophomore Michelle Campbell (89), junior Erin Bowman (91) and sophomore Maggie Martel (101).
Schwetz, who finished second by one stroke, was done in by her final hole Wednesday.
“All she had to do was bogey her last hole to be the medalist, but she tripled it,” Fromuth said. “Kelsey also tripled it.”
Thompson won a district title last season with an 84, but her improved mark of 83 got her third place this time around.
Another improved score was turned in by Ursuline senior Katlin Kalish. One year after an 88 netted her an eighth-place tie, her round of 79 was good enough to win the individual title.
Kalish’s efforts were backed up by those of teammates Ellen Lindner (87), Sara Thuston (95), Madison Grisham (102) and Mary Seise (102).
Nerinx Hall’s five to make it through were Claire Rainford (88), Michelle Lewis (90), Ellie Walsh (98), Christine Lane and Lucy Laughlin (both 105).
The four Kirkwood golfers to advance were Sophia Roth (90), Elise McDonough (93), Abigail Robinson (101) and Rebecca Roth (114).
Incarnate’s four to move on were Elizabeth Francis (99), Amanda Ressel (100), Laura Kohnen (104) and Maggie Moran (115).
The top 15 golfers (including ties) not on either of the top two teams also advance to sectionals. Besides the Nerinx, Kirkwood and Incarnate qualifiers, the other advancing golfers were Webster Groves’ Alexandra Zrenner (105), Hazelwood Central’s Angela Turner (114) and Webster Groves’ Madisyn Falls (115).