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Furrie, Lillie on par for victorious St. Charles North girls golf

GENEVA – An impressive season for the St. Charles North girls golf team continues to take shape.

North defeated Upstate Eight Conference foe Geneva, 158-165 in a nine-hole match Tuesday at Mill Creek Golf Club.

“I would [attribute] a lot of our success to the fact that we have returners,” first-year North coach Irish Whalen said. “… They are very focused on what they’re doing. You can come to one of our practices, you could hear a pin drop. They’re going after it this year.”

The North Stars were led by sophomores Kate Lillie and Gianna Furrie, who both shot even-par rounds of 36.

“I thought I played pretty well,” Lillie said. “I was driving the ball fairly straight.”

North seniors Alina O’Donnell and Gabriella Spinazze both shot 43s to round out the team’s score.

“Our mindset for the girls today was pretty much to keep the ball in play because it’s a tighter golf course,” Whalen said.

The North Stars continue their winnings ways as they have their eyes on a conference title and maybe more.

“We have a lot of returners, they finished ninth in state last year so they had a taste of that and they really want to go after that again and with that experience they’re putting up good numbers,” Whalen said.

Geneva posted its best team nine-hole score of the year with scores of 40, 41, 41 and 43 shot by senior Nicole Hassels, senior Allie Henrie, freshman Darby Lillibridge and senior Mary Clare Novak, respectively.

“Obviously a goal of our is to continue to improve our overall team score and bring down the average,” said Vikings coach Doug Ross, who, like Whalen, is in his first season. “… All we can do is just try and play our best ball out here and hit our shots.” 

North is off until Sept. 15 when it heads to the South Elgin Invitational while Geneva preps for Saturday’s Vernon Hills Tournament.

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