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Three area golfers advance to match play

ITASCA – Jenna Kurosky enters the match play tournament portion of the IJGA Chick Evans Junior Amateur as one of just four recent high school graduates among the final 16 girls golfers at Itasca Country Club.

Part of her game might as well be brand new, though.

"I've never done match play before," Kurosky said, "so it's going to be a different experience."

Seeded 15th after concluding a two-day, 19-over par 163 Tuesday, Kurosky, a Burlington Central product, will face second-seeded Lauren Beaudreau of Lemont at 7:28 a.m. today.

St. Charles North sophomore Kate Lillie, who built on her opening 81 with a 78 Tuesday, is seeded 10th at 15-over par. She'll tee off against Hanna Netsingha of Carol Stream at 7:35 a.m.

Ciara Rattana of Western Springs was the girls stroke play medalist with a 3-over par 146. The first two rounds of the single-elimination match play tournament will be held today.

In boys play, recent Kaneland graduate Matt Yonkovich of Sugar Grove continued a strong stretch of putting, following an opening 73 with a 75 to finish stroke play with a 4-over par 148.

Seeded eighth in the 32-player boys match play tournament, Yonkovich will face No. 25 Tyler Kelly of Mokena in the opening round 8:10 a.m.

Yonkovich is the lone Chronicle-area boys player to make the cut of 10-over par.

For the second straight day, golfers navigated through the heat to complete their rounds.

"It was actually hotter today [than Monday], it felt like," Kurosky said.

Per match play rules, a competitor can win without playing the full 18 holes. That's just one of a number of things Kurosky said she has read up on as she hopes to stick around Itasca for the rest of the week.

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