Taryn Pearson and Hannah Harpster each fired 88s to helped Charleston capture its first Apollo girls golf championship in five years Monday at the Lake of the Woods course in Mahomet.

The Trojans last won the conference title in 2016 when they captured the IHSA Class 1A state championship.

But it’s last year’s Apollo tournament that might be a better comparison for this team when the squad finished runner-up to Effingham for the third successive year. Charleston cut 45 strokes Monday from its 2019 total on this same Lake of the Woods course.

Nobody improved more than Pearson, who shed 24 strokes from her 2019 score. The junior settled down after going 5-over across her first three holes to post six total pars and a 43 on the back nine and finish tied for fourth with Harpster to earn all-conference status.

“I can’t say enough positive things about Taryn Pearson,” Charleston coach Todd Keating said. “Her swing is much improved from last year, and it shows in her scoring today. “

Stacey Zerbst cut six strokes from her score last year by carding a 92, buoyed by a birdie on the par-4 No. 13 and two pars to finish sixth. She carded 43 on the front nine to also receive all-conference honors.

“Stacy Zerbst was similar to Hannah in that she excelled on the front nine and struggled a bit on the back,” Keating said. “The great thing about golfers of Stacey’s skill level is that even with a few difficult holes, she still scores well.”

Harpster, meanwhile, birdied the par-5 sixth hole and added four pars to cut two strokes from her score last year and earn all-conference for the fourth year.

Plus, Rileigh Babbs knocked 13 strokes from her score in carding a 99, buoyed by a birdie on the 285-yard par-4 No. 13 and two pars.

“Rileigh Babbs was her usual consistent self and provided our fourth counting score,” Keating said. “It is refreshing to know we will have these three juniors anchoring our team next year.”

Mattoon’s Callan Haldorsen also posted an all-conference performance, shooting 84 to take third overall. She birdied the par-4 No. 2 and carded seven pars to help Mattoon take fourth overall.

“They did great in tough conditions,” said Mattoon coach Natalie Ambuehl. “I am proud of their efforts and their grit.”

Scores provided by the IHSA golf app and iWannamaker.

Team scores

7Mt. Zion437

Individual scores

1Ava Boehm, Effingham76
2Averie Bushue, Teutopolis83
3Callan Haldorsen, Mattoon84
4Taryn Pearson, Charleston88
4Hannah Harpster, Charleston88
6Stacey Zerbst, Charletson92
7Allison Woolard, Lincoln93
8Anna Sigg, Effingham94
9Sophia Robinson, Taylorville95
10Ainsley Winters, Mahomet98
11Rileigh Babbs, Charleston99
12Tesa Brown, Charleston100
13Annie Frost, Effingham101
14Berit Haldorsen, Mattoon102

Charleston scores

1Hannah Harpster88
1Taryn Pearson88
3Stacey Zerbst92
4Rileigh Babbs99
5Tesa Brown100
6Madeline Sanders110

Mattoon scores

1Callan Haldorsen84
2Berit Haldorsen102
3Xylia Greeson112
4Piper Sanders113
5Carrigan Hyland115
6Julia Morton120