GENEVA – Darby Crane understands that being a captain of a young team requires setting a strong example for her peers, and that’s exactly what she provided in a dual meet between St. Charles East and host Batavia Wednesday afternoon.
The Saints girls golf team earned a 185-196 victory, defeating the Bulldogs behind Crane’s score of 43 at Mill Creek Golf Club.
St. Charles East coach Rod Osborne praised Crane’s senior leadership for a club that features just two seniors.
“Darby’s been on varsity for three years, she knows what’s going on and helps them out,” Osborne said. “For most of them this is new to them, because there’s so many sophomores and freshmen that have never played competitive golf before, and so it’s a new thing for them. They’re nervous from the beginning but I think we’ll settle in as we go along.”
Crane added, “I try to set a good example because I’m the captain this year and there are a lot of fresh golfers.”
The Saints’ score was rounded out by Kacie Gaffney (46), Reagan Stanton (47) and Mary Ellen Combs (49).
Batavia senior Lauren Anderson narrowly missed taking medalist honors, as she finished one stroke behind Crane with a score of 44.
Batavia coach Morgan Connell was impressed by her team’s progress but said that a few aspects of the Bulldogs’ play need improvement.
“They certainly looked a lot better than they did last week when we played North out here. They all dropped their scores, so that’s good,” Connell said. “I think our chipping and our putting, that’s where I really see we need work.”
Anderson’s score was joined by Candace Eamon’s 49, Erin Ewert’s 51 and Ana Marchiori’s 52 for the Bulldogs.
The Saints have a quick turnaround, with a dual meet against Naperville North today, an opportunity that Osborne is looking forward to.
“We’ll learn some more tomorrow and see if we can do some good things that I see out there,” he said.
Batavia, meanwhile, will be competing in a tournament downstate this weekend at Brookhill Golf Course in Rantoul, a Bulldogs tradition in recent years.