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Marion County College Report

Cummings, Landers leading the Rend Lake College charge

There is no place like home.

At least that’s how Rend Lake College and Salem grad Mallorie Cummings feels about the Rend Lake College Golf Course.

Fellow Salem grad and RLC freshman Taylor Landers does not yet feel that way, but she may grow to share Cummings’ sentimental attachment to the school’s home course.

Cummings won the Rend Lake Fall Invitational, carding a tidy 76 on the home links to win by three strokes.

"I had never broken 80 before," Cummings said. "Everything just went right. I played the course all the time during the summer and tried to learn more about our home course. Putting was the best part of my game that day. Most of the time, it is the worst part."

Landers was not far behind Cummings, but was far less content with her showing despite also breaking 80. In her first outing as a RLC Lady Warrior, the former Lady Wildcat posted a 79 and finished tied for second.

But that frown quickly turned upside down when Landers took on the field at the Maryville University Fall Warm-Up on Sept. 3. The freshman standout shot a 77 and took fourth overall.

"I was very happy with fourth in that field," Landers said of the Maryville tournament. "I hit the ball extremely well there, but I did not hit the ball well on our home course. My goal for the fall is to shoot par at least once."

With Cummings and Landers leading the way, Rend Lake won the team title at both outings. At the Maryville outing, RLC posted a 317 to edge Lindenwood University by two strokes. The Warriors posted a much more convincing victory at their home opener with a 324 — 15 strokes better than arch-rival John A. Logan Community College.

"Our intense rivalry with JAL probably helps us," Cummings said. "We always want to beat them and they want to beat us. It makes us work harder in practice and in matches."

"I love the college game because I can practice more and work on my game," Landers said. "I look forward to the year and the competition."

Landers and Cummings had an opportunity to compete against their former Salem teammate Miranda Gibson at the Maryville event. The McKendree senior shot an 88 and took 27th overall. As a team, McKendree took sixth with a 348. ...

Kaskaskia College's Nicole Langenfeld, a former Centralia Annie golfer, finished 45th with a 106 at the Maryville Fall Classic. KC was seventh with a 375. …

Salem grad Travis Oglesby, a McKendree University sophomore, finished 24th at the William Woods University Show Me Summer Shootout at Tanglewood Golf Course in Fulton, Mo. Oglesby shot an opening round 80 and closed out with a nifty 74. McKendree finished second in the team competition with a team stroke count of 588, nine shots back of WWU’s wining total. ...

Centralia grad Jeffrey Miller, a Southern Illinois-Carbondale golfer, shot 237 over 54 holes in his first collegiate golf outing. Miller, who finished 60th, shot a low round of 75 over the middle 18.

As a team, the SIUC Salukis posted a fifth-place finish by with a total stroke count of 879. John A. Logan Junior College finished first with an 866. ...

Football

Centralia graduate Scott Schneider has helped Greenville College split its opening two games of 2009. GC opened the season with a 17-7 win over Washington University, thanks in part to Schnieder’s four solo tackles. One week later the GC starting free safety had five tackles in a 42-20 loss to Augustana College. ...

Baseball

Brian Dinkelman's professional baseball season is over, but the Centralia grad left a lasting impression on fans of the New Britain Rock Cats. New Britain fans voted him as the “Can't Beat Bernie's Player of the Year,” in an on-line vote. The award is given to the New Britian player who delivered on the field and made the biggest impact on the 2009 Rock Cats.

New Britain ended its season in a best-of-5 playoff series against the Connecticut Defenders, losing the series 3-1.

Dinkelman smacked three homers in the series, including two in New Britain's lone win over Connecticut. In the 6-1 victory, Dinkelman was 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. New Britain ended the regular season with a 72-69 mark. ...

Cross Country

Centralia grad Travis Lavin, a McKendree sophomore, cracked the top 25 at the Washington University Early Bird meet. Lavin covered the 6,000-meter course in 20-minutes, 38-seconds. McKendree finished third in the team standings with 78 points, 40 points back of Division-I Xavier University. ...

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