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Golf Notes: Connie Ellett wins Illinois Junior Championship

Updated: November 30, 2012 11:24AM

Connie Ellett wrapped up her competitive schedule for the summer on a high note.

The recent Hampshire graduate captured first place in the 33rd Illinois Junior Girls Golf Championship on Wednesday after shooting a 2-under-par 74 at the University of Illinois Orange Course in Savoy. The round gave Ellett a two-day total of 151 in the 36-hole event, which was good for a one-stroke victory over Heather Ciskowski of Barrington.

“It was my last tournament of the summer and the last time I can play in a junior tournament, so it was nice to end with a win,” said Ellett, who will play for the Northern Illinois golf team this fall. “It’s such a great event so I was really happy to win.”

This marked Ellett’s third time competing in the state Junior Girls Championship, which is run by the Illinois Women’s Golf Association. She began the final round tied for fourth and trailing Ciskowski by three strokes.

Ellett’s day got a jump start with a birdie at the par-3 second hole, and she followed that with an eagle at the par-5 fifth hole. Things got interesting at the end, though, as Ellett hit a ball in the water on the 18th hole and settled for double bogey.

“I played really solid the whole round,” Ellett said. “I would have liked to par that last hole, but it was still good enough to get me to finish on top.”

The Junior Girls Championship, which had a 74-player field, marked the end of Ellett’s tournament schedule for the summer. She spent the past few months playing amateur events throughout the Midwest in an effort to prepare for the rigors of Division-I golf.

“I’ve tried to play in bigger tournaments this summer and at courses that are longer just because that’s what we’ll be playing in college and it will better prepare me for next year,” Ellett said.

Ellett begins her freshman year at Northern Illinois later this month. She’ll join older sister Taylor Ellett on the Huskies golf team.

St. Charles residents miss cut at Western Amateur

St. Charles residents Stephen Powers and Blake Biddle missed the cut after the second round at the Western Amateur at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park.

Powers was in a tie for 96th after shooting an even-par 72 on Wednesday, leaving him at 4-over 148 for the tournament. Biddle followed his first-round 75 with a 74 in the second round, putting him in a tie for 102nd at 5-over.

The top 44 and ties in the 156-player field advanced to 36 holes of stroke play Thursday.

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