ELGIN – The St. Charles North girls golf team won the South Elgin Invitational on a rainy Monday afternoon at Elgin County Club. The victorious North Stars had a team score of 163 while Geneva shot a 170 to be runners-up.
Sophomores Kate Lillie and Gianna Furrie took first and third respectively with scores of 34 and 39. Lillie had a bogey and double bogey early on but was able to turn things around as the rain started to fall.
“The weather started to get bad … I was able to use that to focus more,” Lillie said.
She finished the round with four birdies to shoot 1-under par.
“I feel like I almost have an advantage because I know a lot of girls aren’t experienced in bad weather or just not comfortable,” Lillie said.
Gabriella Spinazze shot a 44 while fellow senior Alina O’Donnell shot a 46 to round out the North scorers.
“Our pre-game before we went out was if it starts to rain it means two things, one the greens are going to slow down and it means you can attack the pin more,” coach Irish Whalen said. “Anything more than that is going to get in your head and you’re going to take yourself out of the game.”
Geneva senior Nicole Hassels shot a 40 to take fourth place overall and help the Vikings take second place in the tournament.
Coach Doug Ross was proud of how the girls played through the tough weather and knows experiences like these will help the team in the long run.
“We talk about it a lot and we know this is the fall we’re having. So you either let it play you, or you play it,” Ross said.
Vikings senior Mary Clare Novak and freshman Darby Lillibridge shot 43s, and senior Allison Henrie shot 44.
Batavia’s Becca Hasemann shot a 41, which put her in fifth place overall and the team finished third with a score of 177. Madi McCoy (42), Lauren Anderson (45) and Erin Ewert (49) also contributed for the Bulldogs.
Burlington Central’s Josie Kurosky took second place individually with a 38.
Host South Elgin had a team score of 215, with its low score coming from sophomore Brynn Warrick (50).