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Freshmen boost St. Charles North girls golf on its senior day

ST. CHARLES – Tuesday was senior day for the St. Charles North girls golf team at Pottawatomie Golf Course, so naturally, a pair of freshman led the North Stars to a 171-192 victory against crosstown rival St. Charles East.

Gianna Furrie fired a 1-over-par 38 and classmate Katie Lillie carded a 43 for North (11-1 overall, 9-1 UEC River).

“I was playing really well altogether,” Furrie said. “I was making a lot of putts and my drives were really good.”

Beginning her round on the par-5 third hole, Furrie started fast with a birdie.

“I hit my first shot and it kind of went just over the fairway a little bit into the rough,” she said. “Then I hit my second shot to like nine feet [of the pin]. Then [my putt for an eagle] lipped out.”

Carly Hudon and Gabrielle Spinazze each added a 45 to North’s winning total.

“I felt like the scores were a little bit higher than what we’ve been averaging this year,” North coach Chris Patrick said. “Gianna shot a 38. She’s been pretty steady all year long. My seniors were a little bit higher today. I don’t know if it was just the excitement of senior day and their last match at Pottawatomie.”

Senior Darby Crane posted the lowest score for the Saints (3-9, 3-7) with a 42.

“I thought it was pretty good,” Crane said of her round. “I felt comfortable with it. It’s been better than I’ve been playing this past week because I changed my swing and then I changed it back, so I’ve just been in the transition process, trying to get back to my regular swing.”

Crane is one of two Saints seniors.

“I think our team’s doing pretty good, considering how young we are,” she said. “We’re progressing. We’ve progressed a lot since the beginning of the season.”
With a 49, Reagan Stanton was the only other Saint to break 50.

East coach Rod Osborne noted that 12 of the 14 players on the varsity roster are either freshmen or sophomores.

“We’re still young,” he said. “We have pretty good basic swings, but we need to work on the short game a lot – on how to get it on the green sooner and take less putts. … These kids have had very little, if any, tournament experience in the past and started playing last summer or the summer before, most of them. So it’s going to take awhile, but they’re great kids who seem to be excited about learning and getting better.”

The two teams will see each other again Saturday in the Naperville North Invitational at Naperbrook Golf Course.

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