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2017 Kane County Chronicle Best of the Fox



Darby Crane

St. Charles East, Sr.

Veteran contributor embraced big-sister role for Saints’ young core, which she joined in the field at the Class AA Rockford Guilford Sectional

Gianna Furrie

St. Charles North, Fr.

Speaking of sisters, Furrie proved a very reliable bridge from her older sibling, Ariana, shining as North’s most consistent player and earning honors as Kane County Chronicle Girls Golfer of the Year.

Tori Guyton

Kaneland, Jr.

Competing in only Saturday invitationals before the postseason because Kaneland does not offer a girls team, Guyton’s 86 at sectionals was two strokes off the Class AA state cut.

Jenna Kurosky

Burlington Central, Sr.

Also missed Class AA state cut by two strokes, but her steadiness helped put Central in contention for a team berth, as well.

Kate Lillie

St. Charles North, Fr.

Had North Stars’ top score at Class AA state meet at Hickory Point Golf Club in Forsyth, shooting a two-day 157 as North placed ninth as a team.

Victoria Phipps

Rosary, Sr.

Multiple-time medalist keyed a historic season for the Royals, who qualified for the Class A state meet at Decatur’s Red Tail Run Golf Course for the first time in program history, finishing 10th.


Mary Ellen Combs, St. Charles East, So.

Carly Hudon, St. Charles North, Sr.

Kari Kirl, Geneva, So.

Morgan Martinez, Rosary, So.

Mary Clare Novak, Geneva, Jr.

Josie Kurosky, Burlington Central, So.


Elise Anderson, Geneva, Sr.

Lauren Anderson, Batavia, Jr.

Erin Ewert, Batavia, Jr.

Hailey Farmer, Wheaton Academy, So.

Kacie Gaffney, St. Charles East, Fr.

Jessica Grill, St. Charles North, Sr.

Rebecca Hasemann, Batavia, So.

Gabi Spinazze, St. Charles North, Jr.

Reagan Stanton, St. Charles East, Fr.

Jenna Streich, Rosary, Jr.

Julia VanGemert, Kaneland, Jr.

Amber Weaver, Aurora Central Catholic, Jr.


Chris Patrick

St. Charles North

Patrick presided over North’s first Class AA team state berth since 2005, providing a calming influence for a group that quickly formed a steady base behind an incumbent senior (Jessica Grill), top transfer (Carly Hudon) and two established freshmen (Gianna Furrie and Kate Lillie). “They had a lot of expections on them by late in the season and they continued to play well,” Patrick said. North also captured the Upstate Eight Conference title.

– Kevin Druley, kdruley@shawmedia.com


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