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Girls Golf: Sandburg captures team title at Marist Regional

Frankie Saban Sandburg tees off. | | John Booz/For Sun-Times Media

Frankie Saban, of Sandburg, tees off. | | John Booz/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 11, 2013 12:19PM



What Sandburg lacks in experience it makes up in skill.

The Eagles, despite no seniors in their lineup, trumped the field at Wednesday’s Class AA Marist Regional behind sharpshooting junior Frankie Saban and sophomore Emily Cosler.

“Our top eight players this year are juniors or younger,” Cosler said. “To win regionals and go into sectionals with this win is a big confidence booster.”

Saban posted an 8-over-par 80 to tie for second. Cosler had an 81 for fourth as Sandburg registered a 344 at Green Garden in Frankfort for its first regional title since 2002.

Saban’s round included an eagle, her first of the year, on the par-5 third hole of Green Garden’s Blue Course.

“My second shot put me about 10 inches away, so that was nice that I didn’t really have to think about that putt,” Saban said of her eagle. “That started my train of good pars.”

Emilyee McGiles added an 88 and Erin Cronin had a 95 to help Sandburg. The Eagles will be joined at Monday’s Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional by Marist (360) and Marian Catholic (369), along with the top 10 individuals from non-qualifying teams.

Marian’s Nina Nicpon won medalist honors with a 78. Her sister, Mira Nicpon, carded an 88.

“As an individual, I thought I had good chance (to be medalist),” said Nina Nicpon, her round including two birdies. “I was working really hard coming into this and put in the time to advance.”

T.F. South’s Maggie Sloan finished in a tie with Saban for second after shooting an 80. Sloan, a sophomore, qualified for state last year and competes with the T.F. South boys team during the season.

“Switching from boys to girls, I have the problem of having to back down on my shots — and that’s a good problem to have,” Sloan said.

“I really love stepping up to the hole on a par-5 and it’s like, ‘OK, maybe I won’t get a seven on this hole.’ I’ll go for a birdie, and I love that.”

Marist’s Ashley Kay carded an 82 for fifth. Kelly Barker (86), Anne Schieber (93) and Sam Smith also contributed for the RedHawks.

Other individual sectional qualifiers include Oak Forest’s Jackie Pytko (83) and Katie Maurer (91); Stagg’s Natalie Collina (83) and Jena Pietrowski (98); Homewood-Flossmoor’s Kendall Paris (87); and Mother McAuley’s Elizabeth Nye (93), Makalia Brown (94), Rachel Martin (98) and Julie Geraghty (99).

Mother McAuley finished fourth as a team at 384. H-F, Stagg and Oak Forest all tied for fifth at 405.



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