Lady Leaf golfers finish third in NCIC

Amy Boldt
Kelsey Lieving tees off Sept. 30 during Geneseo’s home match with the Alleman Pioneers.

Geneseo’s girls’ golf team started off the week with a third-place finish in the NCIC meet, but closed the regular season out with a loss to Alleman.

Geneseo vs. Alleman

In the Lady Leafs’ final home match of the year, Geneseo hosted the Alleman Pioneers Sept. 30, but it was the Pioneer golfers who emerged with the victory, 201-209.

Kelsey Lieving led the Geneseo squad with 46, followed by Allison Farrell, who carded a 50.

Kelsey Wirth finished the course with a 54, while teammate Karah Bishop shot a 59. Taylor Cahalan recorded a 62 and Alyssa Wheeler ended the contest with a 64.

The junior varsity also fell to Alleman by a score of 228-246. Scores for the JV include Randi Pullen, 58; McKenzie Carey, 62; Alli DeSmith and Emilee Green, 63s; and Stephanie Crippen, 65.


The Lady Leaf golfers placed third at the NCIC Meet Sept. 25 with a final score of 409. Sterling captured first, followed by Princeton in second, Geneseo and then Rock Falls in fourth.

Farrell was the top golfer for Geneseo, shooting a 90. Lieving followed with a 100, while Bishop carded a 108; Cahalan, 111; Wirth; 112; and Wheeler, 113.

“Allison played pretty well and tied for fifth, but then took seventh after the tie breaker,” said head coach Judi Nash. “Kelsey had a real bad day and she was upset, but that happens sometimes in golf. I knew we wouldn’t beat Sterling, but I was hoping for second. Third was a little disappointing.”

The JV finished the course with a 525. Carey finished the course with a 121, followed by Green, 131; DeSmith, 135; Crippen, 138; and Pullen, 141.

The Lady Leaf golfers start postseason action Oct. 8 in the IHSA regional playoffs at Indian Bluffs Golf Course in Moline. Tee off times have not yet been announced.

“I would like to see the girls play well, so they can walk away feeling they played their best,” said Nash. “I look for Kelsey and Allison to qualify as individuals and it is not out of the realm of possibility for  us to qualify as a team.”