Julia Morton used to think those on the course were intimidating. 

Morton didn’t start golfing until her freshman year. It was supposed to be something she could do for fun as she combats playing on the volleyball team at the same time. Then, she fell in love with the game. As of today, she is someone that everyone around the Apollo looks at as intimidating. 

Morton was one of three Mattoon golfers to place All-Apollo as the Green Wave won the Apollo Conference title by one stroke on Monday at Charleston Country Club.

“It’s a pretty big deal because I feel that I have come a long way since my freshman year,” said Morton. “I was not expecting to make it in the top-8 considering a lot of the girls have been playing since they were younger. It’s intimidating, but I feel that as long as I stick to it and keep practicing, it’s doable. I am just proud of myself for getting here.”

Morton placed sixth overall, while Marley Vanhoveln placed eighth to help Mattoon beat Mahomet-Seymour by one stroke for the girls team championship, 365-366. The lowest four scores from each team are used.

Sophomore Blair Powers led the way with a second-place overall finish with a score of 82, five strokes behind individual medalist Ainsley Winters of Mahomet-Seymour. 

“Blair is certainly paying very well right now.,” Mattoon coach Natalie Ambuehl said. “Julia had a nice round today, and that might have been the difference. It’s nice having the support following Blair. I’m pleased to have three golfers earn all-conference.”

Powers was one of two pair of siblings to earn all-conference honors Monday.

Blaine Powers, a senior, shot 82 to finish ninth and help the MHS boys take second, trailing Mahomet by just two strokes for the team title.

This is the second year the Powers have both earned all-conference honors.

Charleston’s Delaney Meister, a senior, took third after shooting 86 at CCC. Hudson Meister, her freshman brother, carded an 81 to finish sixth in the boys tournament at Mattoon Country Club on Monday to also earn all-Apollo.

Morton was happy with her score across the challenging course.. 

“Given how hard Charleston Country Club is, it’s a big deal to be all-conference,” said Morton. “For me, getting a 91 made me even more proud. I just took it one hole at a time.”

Ambuehl echoed similar sentiments by reminding her players to concentrate on the “easy shots” like tap-in putts. 

“It’s a challenging course, and it certainly had its way with some players today,” said Ambuehl. “Every stroke counts. It certainly showed today.”  

Morton said the best part of the day was that it felt like the end of a regular match. The team’s chemistry is so tight that it all goes back to the principle of each member asking how the other did during the day. 

Winning the conference was just an added layer. 

“When you look at our matches in the past, it doesn’t matter what you shoot. Someone on the team is always going to tell you ‘good job,’” said Morton. “That is what sticks out to me. I saw Blair first and I asked her how she did and her first response was to ask me how I did. Everyone on this team is eager to see how the other did because we always pick each other up. That’s my main takeaway from not just this match, but all matches, because the team is always so proud of one another.”

Individual Results

177Ainsley WintersMahomet-Seymour
282Blair PowersMattoon
386Delaney MeisterCharleston
487Kayla McKinneyMahomet-Seymour
587Sophia RobinsonTaylorville
691Julia MortonMattoon
792Elena NiebruggeEffingham
893Marley VanhovelnMattoon
994Madeline SandersCharleston
1094Marah KirkEffingham
1195Ella TumanEffingham
1296Emma EspinozaMt. Zion
1397Ella NiebruggeEffingham
1497Marissa AllieEffingham
1598Emma BakerLincoln Community
1699Carrigan HylandMattoon
17101Anna HirtzelEffingham
18101Emma DallasMahomet-Seymour
19101Elena TompkinsMahomet-Seymour
20103Gabby DanielsMt. Zion
21104Kennedy HighleyMt. Zion
22105Mia TribbleCharleston
23106Berit HaldorsenMattoon
24106Adrienne MuchowMattoon
25109Bailey WolfeCharleston
26111Maddy ClarkMahomet-Seymour
27112Laura WaymanTaylorville
28116Peyton GravesMt. Zion
29118Kaydee ProseTaylorville
30126Lydia TrumpMt. Zion
31129Izzy StewartLincoln Community
32130Avery KyburzMt. Zion
33140Ryleigh Mizeur-CristTaylorville
34144Sori SpringerLincoln Community
35147Morgan SmallhornCharleston
36148Maci BabbsCharleston
37161McKinlee StoltzenburgLincoln Community
38180Jordan DieterichTaylorville
39DQBrooke HartmanMahomet-Seymour
40WDMarin LuckhartLincoln Community

Team Results

  1. Mattoon 365
  2. Mahomet 366
  3. Effingham 378
  4. Charleston 394
  5. Mt. Zion 419
  6. Taylorville 457
  7. Lincoln 532


82Blair Powers
93Marley Vanhoveln
99Carrigan Hyland
91Julia Morton
106Berit Haldorsen
106Adrienne Muchow


86Delaney Meister
94Madeline Sanders
109Bailey Wolfe
148Maci Babbs
147Morgan Smallhorn
105Mia Tribble