STM girls golf taking a business as usual approach during unusual season

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Senior Mia Kirby (L) and junior Brook Erhard (R) practice at the driving range.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill (WCCU) - This fall season is unlike anything we've ever seen in the state of Illinois, but there are still some sports and athletes that are able to compete. For the St. Thomas More girls golf team, it's business as usual in an unusual season.

St. Thomas More girls golf has finished top five in the State three seasons in a row.

"Every season, I always end at State," senior captain Mia Kirby said. "So it's going to be definitely different this year. A different vibe of how everything goes, but you've just got to make the best of what happens."

The IHSA won't be holding a State Final this year, meaning for the first time in their careers, STM golfers Mia Kirby and Brooke Erhard won't compete at the State Tournament, but that's not stopping the Sabers from continuing their dominance on the course, starting the season 7-1.

"My initial goes was just to be able to play," said St. Thomas More golf coach Alan Dodds. "When we got the information that we would be able to have a season, then we really started focusing on wanting to have a good season, a productive season, where everybody improved their games and we had some team success."

While this season won't culminate in a State Trophy, the light at the end of the 2020 golf season, is one that could be highlighted with a regional title.

"We've won four straight regionals," Dodds added. "That's something this group has had a lot of hand in doing and so our goal is to try to make it five in a row."

"Even though we're not going to have a State or sectional," said junior Brooke Erhard, "(We'll have)that end result with regional. It's awesome to play on a team that's super successful (with) great teammates."