Girls Golf: Lincoln-Way North earns first conference title
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media September 27, 2012 10:58PM
Lincoln-Way North's Margaret Curtin chips during the SouthWest Suburban Red golf tourney Sept. 27 at Silver Lake Country Club.
Updated: October 29, 2012 6:52AM
It’s been three years since the SouthWest Suburban Conference realigned its golf divisions. Stagg capitalized on the new brackets, capturing the first two SWSC Red Tournaments. But on Thursday at Silver Lakes Country Club, a new champion emerged.
Prompted by career-bests from seniors Margaret Curtain and Jill Galich, Lincoln-Way North won the first conference golf title in school history, firing a 352 for a seven-stroke victory over Stagg.
“I can’t say enough about my girls,” North coach Debbie Lamore said. “I knew it was going to be close; we played really tight matches with Stagg. My two seniors really stepped up.”
Curtain, placing second, topped the best score of her life by a colossal 11 strokes with a 2-over 74 on the South Course at Silver Lakes. Galich added her own personal best, placing fourth with an 86.
“Everything was flowing and working for me today,” Curtain said. “I’d been struggling the last couple weeks, but I kept working hard at practice. I knew our team had a chance to win and I wanted to perform well for them.”
North’s Anne Allen (96) and Rachel Chavel (96) also contributed, with Allen placing 10th on a scorecard tiebreaker.
Lincoln-Way West finished third with a 384. Reigning champion Alexis Biedrzycki, a sophomore, kept the individual title with a 73.
“I got my confidence back with my driver,” Biedrzycki said. “I was driving the ball really well, and towards the middle of the round I was hitting it 250, 260 (yards) off the tee.”
Taylor Lambertsen (3rd, 79), April Hamer (4th, 86) and Natalie Colina (7th, 91) paced Stagg.
“I knew I had some tough competition with Margaret (Curtain) and Alexis (Biedrzycki),” Lambertsen said. “I just had a few problem holes and a few putts that didn’t drop. Other than that, I played well with four birdies.”
Lincoln-Way Central’s Clara Scheer (6th, 87), Bradley’s Brooke Benoit (8th, 93) and Andrew’s N. Chlum (10th, 95) rounded out the top 10.