Name: Megan Furtney
School: St. Charles North, junior
Why she was selected: The junior fired a 73 at the Class 2A Burlington Central Regional to spark the North Stars to the regional title witha team score of 303. Furtney shot a 77 to finish 10th in Monday’s Barrington Sectional to help the North Stars reach the state meet for the fourth straight season.
Chronicle contributor Bob Narang spoke with Furtney, a Duke recruit, about her recent performances. Below is an edited transcript of Narang’s conversation with Furtney on her Athlete of the Week award presented by St. Charles Bank and Trust.
Narang: Can you talk about your injury that you suffered in May during a household accident to your left pinkie?
Furtney: I was out for four months. It happened back in May, so being back out here, even on the tough day, I got to step back and think at least I’m out here and can play again. I got back about a month ago. That was where my sights were, to get back to the postseason.
Narang: Does it bother you to look at your pinkie?
Furtney: It was weird for the first couple of days, but after a while, it’s what it is.
Narang: What’s the favorite thing you like about golf?
Furtney: Just being able to make so many friends through the sport.
Narang: How much difference is it being an upperclassman after two straight trips to state as an underclassman?
Furtney: The biggest difference is that it’s almost a leader mentality now. We don’t have any seniors. The juniors are like the seniors on the team.
Narang: What’s something that you find challenging about golf?
Furtney: The mental aspect of the game is very challenging. Also, a lot of people assume that golf is easy. It takes hours of practice and preparation.
Narang: What made you pick Duke in January to extend your golf career?
Furtney: It was a lot of things. I wanted a school with good academics and golf. The golf program there is super accomplished.