MASCOUTAH – Centennial girls' golf coach Darren Tee has seen Jenna Dombroski put together some outstanding rounds of golf.
There was the 70 earlier this season at the Chargers' invite and the school-record 69 at Gibson City. But Monday's 71 at the Class 2A sectional at Roland Hills might be the most memorable.
Dombroski rebounded from a 5-over-par 40 on the front 9 and shot 5 under on the back to finish at even par and earn medalist honors for the Chargers, who advanced to this weekend's state meet at Stone Creek in Makanda.
"She was firing darts out there," Tee said of Dombroski. "Her birdie and eagle putts were from like 4 feet. I couldn't believe it. I've never seen anything like it.
"For nine holes, that's the best I've ever seen her play. It was like a switch went off for her there on the back."
Tee and the Chargers knew they had a chance to advance to state as a team this year with Dombroski's younger sister Lizzy improving her game and senior Krista Vedvik in the fold. Lizzy Dombroski carded a 74 to finish third and Vedvik an 81 as Centennial finished with a school-record 332, 1 stroke better than its previous best.
"Words can't describe how happy we are. We're just ecstatic," Tee said. "We knew this was going to be our year with Jenna, Lizzy and Krista to make it as a team."
It was the play of an unexpected source that clinched the berth. Freshman Madison White turned in a 107 to finish fourth for the Chargers.
"If you would have asked Madison White if she would have been in the top six at any point this season, she would have giggled and not taken it seriously," Tee said. "We wanted her and our other players to just go out, play bogey golf and they did what we needed them to do for us. We just wanted them to play conservative golf and it worked. We went out and shot our lowest 18-hole score ever."