Zimmerman advances to next week's boys golf Sectionals

Photo via Susan Zimmerman -- From left, Mount Carmel's Jarrett West, Isaac Kieffer, Andrew Goldman, Max Zimmerman, Gavin Smith, Head Boys Golf Coach John White and Clayton Halbig pose for a photo after Monday's Regional Tournament. Zimmerman advanced as an individual to next week's Sectional in West Frankfort.

EFFINGHAM -- Mount Carmel's boys golf team's season came to a close in Effingham. The Aces, with six golfers competing, competed in the Regional Tournament hosted at the Effingham Country Club on Monday.

That is, it ended for all but one Ace. Mount Carmel's Mix Zimmerman led the team with an 88, fighting through the unfriendly greens of Effingham and advancing to Sectionals with his 16th place individual finish. He'll advance as an individual to next week's sectional.

Jarrett West was next in order for the Aces. West shot a 93, narrowly missing the cut for Sectionals by just three strokes. West scored a trying 49 on the front nine, but followed that with a 44 on the back nine to cap off his tournament.

Andrew Goldman posted a career-best 94 score, and finishing third for the Aces.

Gavin Smith made his Regional debut and shot a 98 for the Aces, finishing fourth on the team. Smith, just a freshman, will have brighter days ahead.

Isaac Kieffer shot a 100 for the Aces, including a 46 on the front nine and a 54 on the back nine.

Lastly, senior Clayton Halbig shot a 100 in what would be his last outing as an Ace.

As a team Mount Carmel finished fifth in the Regional Tournament, a strong finish to the season in the 12 team tournament.

"These boys represented Mount Carmel quite well with both their conduct and work ethic trying to get better," Mount Carmel Head Boys Golf Coach John White said. "I have enjoyed being with these boys this year and am looking forward to watching them improve next year."

This season has been a learning experience for the Aces, who return everyone but seniors John Harrington and Halbig. They'll be missed, but the underclassmen Aces will have brighter days ahead in their high school golf careers.

Zimmerman will continue his postseason pursuit as an individual at the West Frankfort Country Club next Monday in the IHSA 1A Boys Golf Sectionals.

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