The St. Charles North girls golf team blasted into the history books, winning the program’s first-ever state championship.
After three straight fourth-place finishes, St. Charles North was “so close” no more. Behind the play of six young women, the North Stars earned first place by eight strokes over Barrington in the tournament in October in Decatur.
Duke recruit Megan Furtney took third individually, and Sarah Arnold placed sixth.
Katelyn David, Catie Nekola, Emma Hayes and Isabella Spinazze also contributed for St. Charles North.
The North Stars took a commanding 11-stroke lead on Loyola after the first round. Furtney was the lone North Stars golfer to finish under par, and she trailed Benet’s Lauren Beaudreau for first place by four strokes as Round 1 drew to a close.
Furtney was tied for second with Lincoln-Way Central’s Brianne Bolden as she made the turn on the second day. After a pair of bogeys, Furtney bounced back with two birdies and was at par on the front nine and 1-under for the tournament.
A strong finish, including a birdie on the 17th hole, helped set the stage for St. Charles North’s team finish.