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Prep golf insider: North girls swing low

NOTEWORTHY: Veteran St. Charles North girls coach Chris Patrick presided over a milestone Monday when the North Stars shot 156 as a team at Cantigny in Wheaton.

The North Stars’ 88-stroke margin of victory against St. Francis almost was lost in the shuffle of the best dual meet score North has carded in Patrick’s 11 seasons.

Senior Jessica Grill’s personal-best 37 led the way, but three newcomers weren’t far off. Sycamore transfer Carly Hudon (39) was next, while freshmen Kate Lillie and Gianna Furrie followed with separate 40s at the well-kept course.

“All the girls are starting to see their potential and know what they’re capable of the rest of the year,” Patrick said. “The freshmen, they’re both experience players and the team concept is new to them, but they’re both good players and course managers who have been very solid mentally as well as with hitting shots.”

Grill, a senior, merited the same praise from Patrick years ago. A veteran of summer junior tournaments with her fraternal twin brother, JT, Grill has continued her development, which went a long way toward Monday’s low number.

“She shot 39 a couple of times, but at this course she was hitting greens, fairways and putted very well and was very consistent,” Patrick said.

Multiply that by four and, in this equation, you get 156.

Cadets’ young core makes strides
Marmion opened a challenging upcoming stretch against Suburban Christian Conference opponents with Monday’s scorecard playoff victory against host Montini.

Sophomore Jackson Clark’s fifth score of 43 propelled the Cadets past the Broncos, but Marmion figures that showing hasn’t scratched the surface for a talented class of 2016 contingent that also includes Luke Hoss and Caleb Vest.

“Those guys are kind of like the three amigos,” Cadets coach Doug Roberts said. “They’ve played a lot of golf together growing up and they’ve got their act together, so I’m looking forward to success not just this season, but also down the road.”

Marmion’s lineup remains built around senior captain Joe Fritz – the goal is to have three or four Cadets hover around his low number, Roberts said – but its younger core is yearning to be close to the top, too.

“We have a really deep team this year. It’s the deepest team I’ve had in my four years here,” Roberts said. “Those guys are heavily involved in the IJGA events over the summer and they kind of are making the statement that they want to be up on the varsity level all the time.”

– Kevin Druley,


Nick Bleidorn
Batavia, Sr.
What he did:
Bleidorn registered the top finish among Chronicle-area teams at Saturday’s Batavia Invitational, finishing 10th among individuals with a 76 at Fox Valley in North Aurora.

Jessica Grill
St. Charles North, Sr.
What she did:
Fired a career-best 37 at Cantigny in Wheaton on Monday to help steer North to a 156-244 victory against host St. Francis. The team score was the best in coach Chris Patrick’s 11 seasons at the helm.

The Geneva girls have the early upper hand on Batavia. Geneva edged Batavia, 179-192, at Hughes Creek on Thursday behind medalist Nicole Hassels’ 42, and will aim to go lower still as they brace for next week’s visit to Pottawatomie Golf Course to face St. Charles North.

Which players in the bottom half of Kaneland’s lineup create elbow room. With the schedule picking up in the next few weeks, Knights coach Mark Meyer is eager to see where players such as Jeremy Faletto, CJ Wehrmann, Jacob Sheehan and Jake Hed fall in. “It’s kind of a revolving door, giving a lot of guys chances to slip into the fifth and sixth spot in the lineup,” Meyer said. “We’ll see how the guys are playing and if any of them can separate themselves.”


Guess what day it is ....

Yeah, yeah, Sly knows it’s International Hump Day, but of greater importance to golfers is this: Today also marks four weeks until the beginning of girls regionals and three weeks and six days until boys regionals start.

The golf season always is a crunch, but the stretch run gets going for most teams with a rush of meets to round out September. Here’s to players working out the kinks and getting over the hump in that span.

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