Having taken part in several matches throughout the season at numerous golf courses in the surrounding area, it was now time to put the countless hours of practice to work as Coach Evan Wyllie’s Norris City-Omaha-Enfield Fighting Cardinal golf team traveled to the Franklin County Country Club in West Frankfort to compete in the Class A IHSA Regional Golf Tournament. This time, however, it wasn’t practice, and in order to extend their golf season, golfers had to put up their best scores if they had hopes of moving on to the next level of competition.
Throughout the season, it was not unusual for NCOE to compete against several teams but the 12 team Regional would put forth more teams than they had competed against all year which also meant several more golfers on the course than what the Fighting Cardinals were used to competing against. Teams taking part in this tournament were: Carmi, Duquoin, Eldorado, Fairfield, Goreville, Hamilton County, Hardin County, NCOE, Waltonville, Wayne City, Woodlawn, and Zieger Royalton-Christopher. Another difference in this match was all golfers would be golfing 18 holes instead of just the normal 9 holes they were accustomed to. At the end of the day, Wayne City’s Nate Caudle would record a score of 70 to claim Medalist honors. As a team, Hamilton County would take first place with an overall score of 322 followed by Woodlawn at 336, Goreville 344, Carmi 370, Fairfield at 382, Eldorado at 387, and NCOE would tie for seventh place along with Waltonville with an overall score of 406.
Andy Brinkley would lead the way for NCOE with a score of 95 followed closely by Justin Brock with a 98. Others competing for the Fighting Cardinals were Treylen Veach with a 104, Brandon Skaggs a 109, and Austin Brinkley a 126.
Although the NCOE golf team put on one of their best performances of the year on yet another new course in which they had not golfed on all season, their seventh place finish as a team was not enough to enable the team to advance any farther in the post season. NCOE golf closes the 2016 campaign with a 3-24-
1 overall record.