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After being the lone golfer on last year’s La Salle-Peru girls golf team to advance out of the regional, Somolski shot a 104 at Wednesday’s Class AA Metamora Regional to advance to her second straight sectional.
Junior teammate Lauren Gunia carded a 108 to also move on to the Springfield Sacred-Heart Griffin Sectional, which will be held Monday at Piper Glen Golf Course in Springfield .
“It’s going to be really nice to have a teammate this time,” Somolski said. “We can cheer each other on, and it’s more fun with somebody else.”
The junior Somolski advanced to the sectional after she shot a 48 on the front nine and a 56 on the back nine on Wednesday.
“On the front nine, I did pretty well,” she said. “I got stuck in the sand a few times and that kind of messed me up, but I picked myself up and did pretty well. On the back nine, I didn’t do as well, but it ended up being OK.”
Gunia wasn’t far behind as she shot a 108 and also nabbed one of the top 10 individual scores from a non-advancing team.
She carded a 53 on the front nine and a 55 on the back nine.
“It’s pretty exciting to get out of the regional,” Gunia said. “It’s my third year and I was able to make it. We thought we had a chance to qualify as a team, but it just didn’t happen. I’m still pretty excited, though.”
While Somolski and Gunia advanced, it was a bittersweet day for L-P, which had two more golfers nearly qualify.
Junior Rachel Senica carded a 116, while senior Rachel Gunia shot a 117 as both barely missed the 115 cutoff.
“It is a little tough to be so close,” L-P coach Randy Gunia said. “We had even talked to the girls and told them to get their stuff out so that they’d be ready for a (potential) tiebreaker, but two scores came in that were really unexpected by a few girls.”
As a team, the Lady Cavs carded a 445, which was good for fifth. Galesburg won the regional with a 379 and also had the medalist in freshman Taylor Nesselroad, who shot an 82.
Jared Bell can be reached at 220-6938, or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsJared.
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