DECATUR – Rosary shaved 12 strokes from last week’s sectional score as the Class A girls golf state tournament opened Friday at Red Tail Run Golf Course.
The Royals’ collective 387 still ranks well behind tournament-leading Nashville (325), but for a jelling group that’s in uncharted waters, being in the 12-team field, period, feels fantastic.
“We’ve already achieved a lot to get here, to get here for the fist time in school history, and we’re going to keep doing everything we can to do better,” Royals coach Joe Hughes said.
“We kept grinding, we just kept working hard. We just kept hitting the shot that was at our feet no matter what happened and did the best we could.”
Senior Victoria Phipps paced the Royals with a 9-over-par 81 in a round that saw her play her second nine holes three strokes better than her first nine.
“She had everything working today,” Hughes said. “Her putter was going. Her driver was hitting every fairway. She just maintained that relaxed attitude that helped her put a low number up there.”
Jenna Streich (94), Morgan Martinez (103) and Annika Strolle (109) followed Hughes.
Ridgewood senior Sabrina Bonanno is the individual leader with a 5-under 67.
Competing at the AA meet at Hickory Point Golf Club in nearby Forsyth, St. Charles North finished with a team round of 335.
That score matched the North Stars’ effort at sectionals, but ultimately ranks 10th in the state field, 36 strokes behind leader Loyola Academy, which had two players with at least four birdies.
North senior Carly Hudon, returning to the state meet for the first time since her freshman year at Sycamore, led North with an 8-over 80. Freshmen standouts Kate Lillie and Gianna Furrie registered very similar 81s.
Both players absorbed a double bogey on the Par 4 seventh hole and birdied a Par 4 hole on the back nine.
Jessica Grill and Gabi Spinazze both shot 93s for North.
North is making the third state appearance in school history and first since 2005.