Girls Golf: Lincoln-Way East wins Regional: Lincoln-Way West’s Biedrzycki medalist
By Dick Goss firstname.lastname@example.org October 3, 2012 10:52PM
Lincoln-Way West's Alexis Biedrzycki follows her tee shot at Inwood Golf Course. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 5, 2012 11:33AM
Lincoln-Way East sophomore Kelly Sterling could not overtake Lincoln-Way West sophomore Alexis Biedrzycki for medalist honors Wednesday at Inwood Golf Course in Joliet, but she was vital to the Griffins’ march to the team championship in the Class AA Joliet Regional.
“It came down to the last score in and any of the top three teams could have won it,” East coach Mary McGivern said. “Fortunately for Lincoln-Way East, we had Kelly Sterling.”
Sterling shot a 4-over-par 74 to help the Griffins to a 336 team score. Providence and Sandburg finished at 342 and also advance to Monday’s Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional at Coyote Run. The Celtics were awarded second place on a fifth-score tiebreaker.
“We were third last year, so this was a big improvement,” said Sterling, who was three strokes behind Biedrzycki’s 71, which featured a 1-under 33 on the back nine. “We thought we could probably win (Wednesday), but it was tough. Emily (Rush) really had a good day, and that helped a lot.”
Rush, a senior, celebrated her 18th birthday with her best round of the year, an 81, on her favorite course. East also counted the 90 of Katie Reno and the 91 of Hannah Petraitis.
Alyssa Newling led Providence, which will make its first sectional appearance since 2003, with 80. The Celtics’ other counting scores were Maggie Corso 83, Anna Goggins 88 and Maddie Utter 91. Megan Kurcz’s 94 won the tiebreaker. Goggins is a freshman, the others seniors.
“Anna Goggins had her best score yet at a perfect time,” Providence coach Molly Duffy said. “Our goal today was to advance. I think the girls are coming around and realizing how good they are.”
Leading Sandburg were Frankie Saban (81), Emily Cosler (82), Taylor Calzaretta (88) and Jackie Dahlberg (91).
“I’m proud of the girls,” Eagles coach Todd Allen said. “This is our season best round. We were shaky on the front nine, but we had some big improvements on the back.”
Rounding out the team scores were Lincoln-Way North (362), Lincoln-Way West (377), Joliet Catholic (379), Joliet Township (385), Lockport (390), Lincoln-Way Central (415), Andrew (449) and Romeoville (453).
The top 10 individuals not on the first three teams also advance to the sectional. Biedrzycki leads that list, followed by Maddy Troha, of Joliet Catholic (85); Margaret Curtin, of Lincoln-Way North (87); Milena Singletary, of Joliet (88); Rachel Chavel, of Lincoln-Way North (89); Claire O’Connor, of Joliet Catholic (90); Kayla Garritson, of Lockport (92); Jill Galich and Anne Allen, of Lincoln-Way North (93); and Clara Scheer, of Lincoln-Way Central (94).
“I missed a couple of easy putts on (holes) 2 and 4, but after that I got in a rhythm and played well,” said Biedrzycki, whose score was posted more than an hour before the final group finished. “I’m happy with 71. If anyone beats it, my hat’s off to them.”