Hall of Fame Inductee - Coach & Players of Girls' 1976, 77 & 78 Golf Teams
The Quincy High School girls teams strung together an unprecedented
three consecutive Illinois High School Association state championships.
The 1976 team was undefeated in eight matches and posted a 21-stroke
victory over Homewood-Flossmoor in the state tournament. Freshman
Alison Sellers finished fourth in the individual competition. The 1977
team also went through the season undefeated and beat Decatur MacArthur
by three strokes in the state tournament. Sellers placed fifth
individually. The 1978 team, originally eliminated by district budget
cuts, but restored by booster funding, won eight of nine matches and
beat Palatine Fremd by a then-record 27 strokes in the state tournament.
Quincy's 714 team score was the lowest in the four-year history of the
tournament. Future LPGA player Penny Hammel of MacArthur won her second
straight individual crown, beating out another future professional, Mary
Beth Zimmerman of Hillsboro, and Sellers finished third. Sellers,
Babette Brennan and Kathy Stevens were on all three teams; Mary Oakley,
Tamara Traeder and Lindalynn Hutter were on two; and Bonnie Glasgow,
Chris Maxwell, Wendy Sperr, Lori Pruitt, Ann McCleery, Patricia Gibbs,
Cindy Bowles and Lori Klusmeyer were on one. Ironically, Quincy tied for
seventh in 1975, the first year of the state tournament series and the
first year the program was in existence. Jerry Carnivale coached all
three state championship teams.
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