GIBSON CITY - GCMS golf just keeps thriving.
While the boys are 19-3 and took second place at a 14-team invite, the girls have won three straight matches behind several career best outings.
The Falcon boys look like they’re on a mission.
With regionals quietly approaching, the 19-3 GCMS squad is making noise.
And if taking second place out of 14 teams at last Tuesday’s Heyworth Invite wasn’t loud enough, consider their tie with last year’s state champion—El Paso—to be a little more than a whisper.
“The Heyworth Invite was a great day for Falcon golf,” Falcon coach Chris Headrick said. “All year we kept wondering how good we can be. We knew that this would be the day when we would get to face some pretty good competition.”
Although El Paso lost some key golfers, Headrick emphasized that the tie was still a big one.
“El Paso has gone through some changes over the last year, losing their two best golfers,” he said. “But they are still a very solid team.”
GCMS came out swinging the next night, winning their quad matchup by owning the top four spots behind Clayton Bane (42), Doug Woodward (43), Connor Birky (44) and Brian Arends (44).
Bane finished fifth overall at the Heyworth Invite the day before by shooting an 82 and repeated his 42 score Monday to lead the Falcons once again.
“He has been playing consistent golf throughout most of the year,” Headrick said. “Each match he goes out and plays 'smart' golf. He understands when to take risks and when to ease back and play conservative.”
The Falcons’ record stood at 17-2 heading into Monday’s matchup, where GCMS finished in second place out of four teams.
Woodward shot a 43 for second best on the team, followed by Connor Birky (47) and a tie between Logan Davis and Dillon Glascock (49).
GCMS received their regional assignment and will head to a Danville Country Club on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Girls win three straight
The Lady Falcons opened the streak with a season-best 192 in their win against Iroquois West and defeated Monticello 203-210, before winning Monday’s matchup with Dwight 206-258.
In addition, a different girl led the team in each outing.
Senior Emily Allen tied her career best 45 against Iroquois West, while freshman Shannon Spangler matched it with a 45 of her own that included two birdies.
Junior Emily Sommer shot a career best 49 against Monticello, while Emily Allen notched another under-50 score by matching it with a 49.
Monday it was freshman Megan Moody who led the Falcons with a career-best 48.
Allen once again cracked the 50 mark, with an even 50 score. Shannon Spangler and Morgan Hazen rounded out the top four with a 52 and 56, respectively.
Danielle Sallee shot a career best score of 50 against Iroquois West, while Sara Edgar put up two straight 56 scores.
“It was great to have the team back at full strength and everyone healthy again,” coach Judy Weber-Jones said.
Both the boys and girls teams will host their senior night Wednesday, Sept. 23.
Following the match, pizza and desserts at the course will be provided.
Families are invited, and the cost is $5 per person for the pizza, drinks and dessert.