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Warriors send three to sectionals

Warriors send three to sectionals
JOHN SWISTAK JR. PHOTO — Sophomore Clark Spalding will be making his second appearance at the Class 3A sectional meet on Monday.

By Theo Tate

Brett Denap and Clark Spalding did it again.

For the second year in a row, Denap and Spalding qualified for the Class 3A boys golf sectional tournament. They will be the lone Granite City representatives at the sectional tournament at 9 a.m. Monday at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin.

"I want to try to make it to state, which is going to be tough," Spalding said. "I'm going to try and get my game in the best shape as I can before Monday."

Denap shot a 78 and Spalding fired an 84 under rainy conditions at the Class 3A regional tournament at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course in Alton. The top eight individuals who are not on a sectional-qualifying team advance to sectionals.

"It was fun last year," Spalding said. "My No. 1 goal this year was to make it back to sectionals. I'm glad Brett did, too. It's his junior year. He's going to be deciding on what colleges go to."

Also on Monday, junior Brittany Domagalski will be making her sectional tournament appearance. She will compete in the Class AA girls golf sectional tournament at Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course in Okawville.

Domagalski qualified for sectionals after shooting a 103 at the regional tournament on Wednesday at Clinton Hills Golf Course in Belleville. It's the second year in a row the Granite City girls team will have a sectional qualifier. Last year, Chelsea Gassett was the first golfer in program history to qualify for sectionals.

The Warriors finished eighth out of 10 teams with a four-player score of 460 in Wednesday's regional tournament.

Seniors Megan Dittman and Anne Burton wrapped up their high school golf careers on Wednesday. Dittman shot a 108 and Burton finished with a 144.

Two seniors from the Granite City boys golf team saw their high school golf careers come to an end on Tuesday. Michael Milton shot a 91 and Jarrett Harrington finished with a 113.

Last year, Denap and Spalding qualified for sectional tournament at Pekin by shooting an 80 and 81, respectively, at the regional tournament in Clinton Hills.

Denap, who shot a 37 in the front nine and a 41 in the back nine on Tuesday, said he was thrilled he qualified for sectionals for the second straight year.

"I wanted to set my expectations high," Denap said. "I was hoping to make it out again because I did last year. Whenever we got there, the weather was pretty bad. They've talking about it for a few days, so I was kind of prepared for it. I think that's really why I played pretty well in it because I knew it was going to be there and I just forgot about it. I didn't make it an issue."

Spalding shot a 43 in the front nine and a 41 in the back.

"It's not a great score, but the conditions were tough for everyone," Spalding said. "When you get into that situation, you got to remember that everyone has the same conditions as you. It's kind of a mind game once you get out there."

Granite City finished fifth with a 346 in the nine-team regional tournament. Edwardsville won the tournament with a 307, Quincy placed second with a 316 and Collinsville finished third with a 320.

"Edwardsville is tough competition for everybody in every sport," Spalding said. "Collinsville is a lot better than they were last year. I think one of their players was injured last year and he's doing good this year. There's always Quincy, who dominates every year."

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