says she is looking forward to building the Lincoln College
softball program. "We have a solid group of athletes coming
in, led by Ronni Beebe (Lewistown), Brandi Barnes (Canton) and
Carrie Pestle (Macomb), but we will be young. We'll have to see
during the fall season exactly what we have."
College Athletic Director Allen Pickering says he’s happy about
the announcement. "We’re fortunate to get someone with her
experience and qualifications this early. It was important to us
to not have a big gap in time when searching for a coach for our
softball program. We’re very pleased with the outcome."
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is Ciaccio’s first head coaching position; she was the assistant
varsity coach of the softball program at Millikin University in
Decatur before joining Lincoln College. Ciaccio also played ball
at Millikin University and with summer teams such as the Decatur
Breeze, the Decatur Scorpions and the Springfield Rockettes.
replaces Nicole Turley, who left this spring semester to pursue
is originally from Momence and is currently working on her
doctorate in English studies at Illinois State University.
Sunday’s tournament, four area golfers advanced to sectional
play. Jan Bowers, Coy Hutchcraft, Rick Pettit and Pat Singleton
will journey to Pekin Country Club to tackle a larger field of
amateurs in order to earn the right to advance to the National
Finals in Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
special Oldsmobile Scramble Handicap System formed the teams used
for the scramble. Using a player’s United States Golfing
Association handicap, that number was converted into a new
handicap used only for Oldsmobile Scramble play. With the use of
this system, golfers at all levels are given an equal opportunity.
In order for a team to play it must consist of four amateurs. A
team’s Oldsmobile Scramble Handicap may total no less than plus
one and no more than plus eight, and only one player may have a
negative handicap. Devising a team can get quite complicated, but
this team is happy with what they put together.
was a team effort and everyone contributed evenly," Pettit
said after his team won bragging rights.
winning team won with an effort of 58, 13 under par. Second place
earnings went to Denny Cole, T.J. Cosgrove, Kendall Fitzpatrick
and Tom Perry.
Bowers, Hutchcraft, Pettit and Singleton advance to Pekin, two
teams will advance from there, one in a net division and the other
in a gross score division.
is just coming off a stellar performance at Quincy, capturing the
No. 2 amateur woman golfer position in the state of Illinois.
Bowers returned to her home course to advance in yet another
tournament to add to her collection.
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the groups came off the 18th green, the pack was close, but
Bowers, Hutchcraft, Pettit and Singleton etched the competition by
a stroke, just avoiding a sudden-death tie-breaker.
Inc. was the sponsor for the event. Elks Professional Adam Walsh
was the host for the tournament.
you to Graue Oldsmobile for sponsoring and also to Adam Walsh for
to the 2000 Oldsmobile Scramble," Pettit said.
for all eight teams are posted below.
– Jan Bowers, Coy Hutchcraft, Rick Pettit, Pat Singleton
– Denny Cole, T.J. Cosgrove, Kendall Fitzpatrick, Tom Perry
– Terry Brown, Dave Campbell, Bill Marcotte, Brad Nickles
– John Bunner, John Guzzardo, John Russell, John Welsh
– Bob Arneaud, Bob Coombs, Doug Muck, Jeff Nelson
– Jan Carmitchel, Dan Freesmeier, Harold Schmidt, Craig Smith
– Ron Hall, Dave Lockenour, Steve Schmidt, Keith Sheldon
– Bill Bates, Leann Connor, Larry Engle, Dale Spore