The Lady Leafs’ golf team earned the fifth regional title in the past six years, and Geneseo qualified for the state tournament finishing runner-up at the sectional tournament.

The Lady Leafs’ golf team earned the fifth regional title in the past six years, and Geneseo qualified for the state tournament finishing runner-up at the sectional tournament.

Galva Regional

The Lady Leafs had one of the best rounds in team history to handily win the Class 1A Glava Regional at Oak Run Golf Course in Dahinda on Oct. 3.

Geneseo fired its lowest team score of the season finishing with a 326 overshadowing runner-up Putnam County (356) and the rest of the eight-team field.

Geneseo’s Jenna Cheek finished runner-up individually with a 78 behind only Kewanee’s Riley Hansen who shot a 67 to win the title.

The Leafs’ Eryn Murray fired an 81 to finish tied for fourth, and Emma Snell finished sixth with an 82.

Geneseo’s Elizabeth Roodhouse finished ninth with an 85 to give the Leafs four players in the top 10.

Keely Nguyen tied for 18th with a 98, and Paige Laingen finished tied for 20th with a 99.

“This is the lowest score that I know of,” Geneseo Coach Jon Murray said. “It’s the first time we had all six girls break 100.”

Geneseo’s best round last season was a 336 at the sectional tournament, and the Leafs’ finish at regionals makes them believe even bigger things are ahead.

“You have little ups and downs but as a whole, we are improving all the time as a team,” Murray said.

Pontiac Sectional

The Lady Leafs finished runner-up at the Class 1A Pontiac Sectional Pontiac Elks Golf Course in Pontiac on Oct. 8.

Geneseo was unable to repeat their supernova round from regionals, but the Leafs accomplished its goal of reaching the state tournament.

Geneseo finished runner-up with a 376 team score which is one of the worst 18-hole scores the Leafs have had this season.

“They qualified for state at their worst,” Murray said. “Now what can they do while they are down there if they are playing at their best? It will be interesting to find out. It makes me excited to see what is possible down there.”

Murray said the pressure was present all over the course.

“I think everyone was just kind of tense,” Murray said. “As I went around and scoped out the course, it was happening everywhere. That was my message to the girls, ‘just stay on track because everybody is struggling.’”

The Leafs’ Eryn Murray fired the low round for Geneseo with an 89 to finish tied for 12th place.

Geneseo’s Cheek carded a 91 to finish tied for 16th, and Snell finished with a 98 to come in tied for 30th.

Roodhouse followed with a 98 to tie for 30th, and Nguyen finished tied for 49th with a 105.

Geneseo’s Laingen rounded out the group with a 111 to finish tied for 64th place.

“Rather than thinking backward, we are looking forward,” Murray said. “Just narrow the focus down to just making the next shot. The numbers, the place and all the rest take care of themselves.”

The Lady Leafs will travel to Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur for the opening round of the state tournament on Friday, Oct. 12.