Girls Golf: Lincoln-Way East’s Sterling second at Marian Catholic Invitational
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media August 13, 2012 9:26PM
Bree Veazey, of Marian Catholic, reads the green before her putt on No. 6 at the Marian Catholic Invitational at Coyote Run Golf Course. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 15, 2012 6:09AM
With 16 teams taking their first swings of the season Monday morning at Coyote Run Golf Course in Flossmoor, it was Lincoln-Way East’s Kelly Sterling who stood above the Southland pack.
Sterling shot a 3-over 74 despite subpar weather conditions, finishing one stroke behind Waubonsie Valley’s Bing Singhsumalee — who tied for fourth place in Class AA in the 2011 state finals — for second place at the Marian Catholic Invitational.
“My score was OK today,” Sterling said. “I had a few three-putts, so it definitely could have been better.
“I learned to not think about my score,” she added. “When I start thinking about it too much I start scoring bigger numbers. I think that’s why I three-putted and then bogeyed my last hole.”
Lincoln-Way East finished on the podium, taking third with a 347 behind champion Waubonsie Valley (325) and runner-up Naperville North (328).
Hannah Petraitis was next in line for the Griffins with an 89, and Katy Reno shot a 90 and added a “Closest to the Pin” on the fifth hole.
Maggie Corso and Alyssa Newling shot 85s to lead Providence to a fourth-place finish.
“Today shows me a lot of potential for the season. We’ve got some really athletic girls coming out,” Providence coach Molly Duffy said. “We definitely have areas for improvement, but for the most part I’m pretty thrilled.”
After bogeying her first hole and double-bogeying her second, Marian Catholic’s Bree Veazey finished strong to take sixth overall with a 5-over 76. Marian Catholic finished 11th as team with a 403, but with just four players on the roster could not eliminate its lowest score.
“I’m proud of the way I played; I kept it together,” Veazey said. “I’ve always shot an 80 or above at this invite. It’s my senior year, and I wanted to do well here. I always get nervous before the first tee of any tournament, but I shook it off.”
Marist finished eighth as a team at 400, Mother McAuley was ninth (402), Lincoln-Way North 12th (404) and Homewood-Flossmoor 15th (441).