EA-WR sophomore Andrew Sobol prepares to putt at Arlington Greens Golf Course Tuesday in the Class 1A MELHS Regional. Sobol finished second overall individually, while the Oilers were third as a team.
Senior Jake Hei tees off for the Oilers during the Class 1A MELHS Regional on Tuesday.
EA-WR senior Brett Gaines lines up a putt on Hole No. 15 at Arlington Greens on Tuesday.
COLLINSVILLE — The East Alton-Wood River boys' golf team was the local favorite to win the Class 1A Metro East Regional at Arlington Greens Golf Course in Collinsville on Tuesday.
Instead, EA-WR narrowly made it through to sectionals, taking third place as Mater Dei took first, scoring ten strokes better than the Oilers. Mater Dei took the regional title with a score of 331 while MELHS grabbed second place with a score of 338. The Oilers squeezed into the sectional round with a final score of 341 on Tuesday.
The regional field rounded out with: Raymond Lincolnwood (342), Wesclin (343), Okawville (364), Litchfield (376), Staunton (390), Carrollton (401) and Carlinville (498).
"I think our nerves got to us a little bit today," EA-WR head golf coach Dave Sobol said. "Those who place first through third make it out, that was our main goal and we did it. Now it's time to go to work to get ready for sectionals next week."
Sophomore Andrew Sobol led the way for the Oilers, scoring a team-best 78, landing him in second place overall for the tournament, just one stroke shy of taking first place. William Murphy of Mount Olive took the top honors with a 77. Tyler Goebel from Mater Dei took third place with a 79.
"Today was just an OK day for me," Andrew Sobol said. "It's ending up really close and it looks like we may just barely make it as a team. Today will definitely get us working harder this week to get ready for sectionals, but we'll take it like every other matchup. Today we made some mistakes we usually don't make and that put us behind."
EA-WR seniors Brett Gaines and Jake Hei and junior Hunter O'Brien rounded out the Oilers' scorers at Arlington Greens. Gaines carded an 83 and Hei followed it up with an 87, while O'Brien fired a 93. Brendon Allen also competed for the Oilers, shooting a 102.
"I think our mindset cost us today," Hei said. "Maybe we had a little too much confidence or we didn't have our usual go-to-work attitudes. It almost cost us today, you bet we'll be ready next week for sectionals."
Governor's Run Golf Course in Carlyle is the next destination for the Oilers on Monday for the Wesclin Sectional.
"Andrew, I won't worry about him, he's self-motivating," Dave Sobol said. "We didn't play to our potential and we do have high expectations. This week we're going to get to work so we're ready for Governor's Run."