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Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 2:41 pm

The first fall postseason tournament is in the books as girls golf districts took place last week across the state. Most of the action happened Wednesday as several of the area’s top courses hosted district tournaments.

In Class 2 action at The Links at Dardenne in O’Fallon, Cor Jesu Academy, Nerinx Hall, Kirkwood High School, Parkway South High School, Ursuline Academy and Webster Groves High School teed off.

Crescent Farms Golf Course in Eureka hosted Incarnate Word Academy, Parkway Central High School, Parkway North High School, Parkway West High School and St. Joseph’s Academy.

In Class 1, there was just one tournament of note. Most of the region’s small school powers gathered at The Landings at Spirit Golf Club in Chesterfield. Among the field were Clayton High School, John Burroughs, MICDS, Villa Duchesne, Visitation Academy and Westminster Christian Academy.

Villa is the defending champion in Class 1, while MICDS and Westminster finished second and third, respectively.

Notre Dame de Sion of Kansas City, Mo., is the two-time defending Class 2 champion. St. Joe and Ursuline have each finished second or third the past two seasons. Nerinx was seventh last year.

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To prepare for the postseason the Westminster golf team tuned up by winning the 11th annual Missouri-Illinois River Challenge at Crystal Springs Quarry Saturday. The Wildcats shot a 352, 10 strokes better than Massac County of Illinois, which took second.

Westminster got great days out of Ciara Younger, who carded an 82 to tie for second place, Jordan Wolf (84 and a fifth place finish) and Brooke Cusumano (85, sixth place).

Althoff senior Nicole Johnson took medalist honors.

Illinois leads Missouri 6-5 in the rivalry matchup.

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In one other golf note, Parkway South High School’s Lauren Redmond won the Suburban West Conference tournament last week at Aberdeen Golf Club. The senior standout shot a 12 over par 84 to take medalist honors. She was three strokes better than Eureka’s Brennan Pfeil, who was the runner-up.

Making Redmond’s championship more impressive was the fact she rallied after shooting six over par on one hole! She carded a 10 on the 12th hole but regained her focus and carded a six over par the rest of the way.

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The most dreaded three letters in all of sports are A-C-L. One standout volleyball player was confronted with those three letters last week.

St. Joe’s middle blocker Natalie Gower tore her antetior cruciate ligament (ACL) Tuesday at Francis Howell High School. A 6-foot-4 dominant presence for the Class 4 defending state champions, Gower was in good spirits Thursday on the Angels bench as they traveled to a pesky Cor Jesu.

She had some company on the bench with her, as teammate Lauren Gresham suffered the same injury over the summer.

St. Joe coach Karen Davis said that in her 20-year coaching career she’s had plenty of players lost to injury, but these are unique. “These are my first two ACLs,” she says. The injuries are different but the recipe for success after the fact remains the same. Davis said the Angels have to do what every team has to do when it loses players it counts on. “Everyone has to step up.”

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