STM's date with state awaits

STM's date with state awaits

Get to know more about the St. Thomas More girls' golf team — from left, (front row) Abby Ewing and Cassie To; (back row) Veronica Burton, Tessa Tomasco, Sammy Miller, Kait Asklund, Maeve Kirby, Alaina Bowie, Mia Kirby and Bri Hege — before the Sabers tee off at the Class 1A state tournament today in Decatur:

Kait Asklund and Alaina Bowie both made the state tournament last year as individuals.Bringing the whole team with them, though, is one aspect the two STM stalwarts will cherish. Asklund tied for 13th last year as a junior and Bowie tied for 22nd as a freshman.

"It'll be a lot more fun to have everybody there and it'll be a great experience, especially for the younger girls," said Asklund, one of three seniors on the roster. "It will help them to have the determination to go again next year."

Bowie is the headliner for the Sabers, while Asklund complements the rising sophomore. But that doesn't mean STM is a two-person team.The Sabers wouldn't have won the rain-delayed sectional at The Rail in Springfield by 16 strokes last Saturday without junior Maeve Kirby delivering an 88 and sophomore Sammy Miller finishing with a 94.

"It was definitely a team win at the sectional meet," STM coach Pat Hetterman said. "On any given day, any one of them could come through big for us."

STM has one state title (2010) and two state runner-up trophies (2007, 2008) in its history. The potential to add another trophy this weekend at Red Tail Run is realistic."We're young, but I have a couple eager senior friends that want to bring home hardware," Bowie said, "so I'm going to help them out with that."

Missing out on state by four strokes last year is ample motivation, too.

"It was doable last year," Hetterman said, "but because we didn't make it, they're really focused."