Nicole Johnson Steps onto State’s Golf Stage

The Liberty 8th grader takes seventh place in the state as Edwardsville golfers compete at a new level.

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Nicole Johnson Steps onto State’s Golf Stage

Caitlyn Dicks and Nicole Johnson competed at IESA sectionals.

Caitlyn Dicks and Nicole Johnson competed at IESA sectionals.

Caitlyn Dicks and Nicole Johnson competed at IESA sectionals.

Caitlyn Dicks and Nicole Johnson competed at IESA sectionals.

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Sixth-grader Ryan Suhre

In the first-ever state competition for Edwardsville middle school golfers, Nicole Johnson placed first in the IESA golf sectionals in early September. She moved on to compete at the state level, earning seventh place with a round of 80.

At state, Caitlyn Dicks placed 14th, Ryan Suhre placed 13th, and Mason Lewis from Lincoln Middle School placed 18th.

The golf team is made of Liberty and Lincoln golfers. The Liberty golfers include 8th graders Nicole Johnson and Jensen Weedman, 7th graders Caitlyn Dicks and Drew Suhre, and 6th grader Ryan Suhre. The golfers from Lincoln are 7th graders Belle Horsfall and Bennett Babington, and 6th grader Mason Lewis. These golfers were picked by Mike Suhre, the golf pro from Oak Brook.

Nicole, who shot an 86 at sectionals, said she loves golf because “it’s fun, mental relaxation and you can release your inner thoughts, also very competitive.”

Her least favorite part of the round? “The greens. When you would hit on to the green the ball would always roll off the back.”

“I started playing golf because my whole family plays golf, and they wanted me to be able to play for the rest of my life.”

“I hope to play on varsity next year (at EHS),” she said.

Nicole likes playing tournaments. “Because you get to meet new people of different skill levels, playing at new courses and just having a great time playing golf.”

Caitlyn Dicks, who shot a 90 at sectionals, likes golf because “it’s different every time you play, and you can unwind while having fun.”

Drew Suhre, who was one shot away from making it to state with a 91, likes the sport because it’s “something for me and my siblings to do over the summer.”

Ryan Suhre got 14th place in Sectionals and shot an 89. Mason Lewis shot an 88 and got 12th place, just beating Ryan by a shot.

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