Girls Golf: Lincoln-Way West’s Biedrzycki fourth at state
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media October 13, 2012 8:22PM
Alexis Biedrzycki, of Lincon-Way West, tied for 4th place with a score of 75 for the 2A Girls Golf State Finals at Hickory Point Golf Club, Saturday, October 13th, 2012 in Decatur, IL l Gary Middendorf~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 15, 2012 6:34AM
It wasn’t the way Alexis Biedrzycki wanted it to end. It wasn’t the way anyone wanted it to finish.
After three hours of sporadic rain and lightning delays Saturday, the second and final day of the Girls AA State Golf Finals was canceled and the two-round tournament at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur was reduced to one round.
The finish was a begrudging conclusion to the season for Biedrzycki. The Lincoln-Way West sophomore found herself in the hunt for a state title with a 3-over 75 on Friday, but the hunt ended prematurely and Biedryzcki finished in a tie for fourth in the 112-golfer field.
“I knew I was right there,” Biedrzycki said. “I was four shots back and that’s easy to make up in these conditions if you play well. If I birdie and she double (bogies), it’s back to square.”
Stevenson’s Stephanie Miller took home the state title with a 71. Buffalo Grove’s Grace Kil and Neuqua Valley’s Jessica Yuen tied for second at 72.
Those three, plus Biedrzycki, were paired on the final day of play and their shotgun start on Saturday netted five completed holes before the round was called off.
“I was feeling really confident and striking the ball really well,” Biedrzycki said. “I was 1-under at the fifth (Saturday), so I was getting it going. But it ended how it ended. Overall, I’m happy with my season.”
Marian Catholic’s Bree Veazey, a four-time state qualifier, was the area’s next best placer. Veazey shot a 79 and placed 16th.
“All you can think about is what you did (Friday) and what you could have done better,” Veazey said. “Especially for us seniors. We don’t get another shot at it. But I’m proud of the way I played and the way I finished off my career.”
For Lincoln-Way East, the lone girls Southland team to make it to state, the cancellation dashed any chance for redemption after a sluggish start.
“We were champing at the bit to get out there and be able to have a second day to improve our round and standing,” East coach Mary McGivern said. “We had some good golf out there the first few holes, and Kelly Sterling was two-under par.
“We really looked to be moving in the right direction. It’s a disappointing end, but we just have to think about what a great season we had.”
East finished 12th with a 359.
New Trier was the champion with a 313.
Sterling, the Marian Catholic Sectional medalist, finished in a tie for 23rd after shooting an 80 Friday.
“The season was great. We were undefeated and made it all the way to state,” Sterling said. “It was just the state part that was a little disappointing, but I don’t want to think about that too much. I still have next year and the year after.”
Sterling’s round included just the fourth hole-in-one in state finals history. She found the cup from 123 yards out on the par-3 8th.
“It was awesome,” she said. “I didn’t even see it. I wasn’t thinking of anything. I guess it rolled in and everyone started screaming. I was jumping up and down because I knew after that.”
Stagg senior Taylor Lambertsen placed 30th with an 81.
T.F. South’s Maggie Sloan and Lemont’s Bridgett Lynn finished in a tie for 50th with 85s.