Girls State Golf: Solid day for L-W East’s Sterling
BY PAUL JOHSON For Sun-Times Media October 19, 2013 10:10PM
Lincoln-Way East's Kelly Sterling during Saturday's IHSA Class AA state championship played at the Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur. | Brian O'Mahoney/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 21, 2013 7:04AM
FORSYTH — Most of the teams at the Class AA state tournament at Hickory Point that weren’t in contention were back on a bus headed home late in the afternoon Saturday.
But Sandburg stuck around until the end, and it’s hard to blame them.
The Eagles finished 11th in the 12-team field, but it was the first time Sandburg’s girls golf team had ever reached the state meet as a team, and the team of all underclassmen let it all soak in after their round.
“It was a great experience for us,” Sandburg coach Todd Allen said. “All the girls are excited, had a great time. We played OK, probably didn’t play the way we’re capable of playing, but the whole experience of getting down here and seeing all of this will really help us because we have everybody back for next year.”
Junior Frankie Saban led the Eagles with a two-day total of 166 after putting herself on the map with a 69 at sectionals Monday. Sophomore Emily Cosler carded a 170 over the two days.
“She had the lowest score of anybody coming down here,” Allen said of Saban’s 69. “I was so proud of her because she has worked so hard. She was real excited to be down here.”
After the round, the attention immediately turned to the program’s bright future.
“Everybody has been talking since the end of the round today that they want to keep working and come down here again next year,” Allen said. “With everybody back, we’ll have a good opportunity to do that.”
Lincoln-Way East junior Kelly Sterling added some more accomplishments to her growing list of career accomplishments by finishing tied for 20th with a two-day total of 157. She followed up her opening-round 76 with an 81 in tougher conditions Saturday.
“I think it could have been better,” Sterling said. “My shots were not good. I normally hit them pretty good, but today, I just didn’t. It was a little bit colder, even with the sun, but it was windy.”
T.F. South sophomore Maggie Sloan had a consistent weekend to tie for 12th. She followed up a 77 on Friday with a 78 Saturday to finish with a 155. De La Salle senior Emily Brown shot a two-day total of 161 to tie for 33rd, Lemont senior Bridget Lynn tied for 83rd (176) and Marist senior Ashley Kay was 88th (179).