Girls Golf: St Charles North wins Elgin C.C. Invite
By Scott Miller For Sun-Times Media September 17, 2012 7:50PM
St. Charles North's Jordyn McFarlane (center) accepts the first-place trophy for her team as Geneva's Megan Kelly (left) holds the second-place trophy Monday at the Elgin Country Club Invitational. | Michael Smart ~ Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 17, 2012 11:29PM
It was a day of firsts as the St. Charles North girls golf team ascended to new heights on Monday at the Elgin Country Club Invitational. The North Stars took home their first team title of the year, shooting a 168 to pull away from the rest of the field and win by 25 strokes over second-place Geneva in the eight-team field.
North senior Jordyn McFarlane and junior Jessica Grill also broke 40 for the first time. McFarlane won the individual title with a 38, one shot better than Grill and Geneva’s Megan Kelly.
“This was a big one to win,” said North coach Chris Patrick. “We’ve shown potential all year, but haven’t quite been able to put it all together. We talked beforehand that we are getting close to the end of the season, and this is the time to really start stepping it up and today they did. They played inspired and seem to really enjoy themselves out there. It’s a good sign as we get ready for our match against (St. Charles) East later this week and then the conference tournament next week.”
McFarlane had been struggling on the greens lately but turned that around.
“My putting was so much better today,” said McFarlane. “I’ve been having a tough time the past couple weeks making my reads. But I have put in a lot of extra work practicing. Today I took my time and was really was much more focused.”
McFarlane’s round was highlighted by birdies at the par five first and sixth holes.
“I really crushed the ball off the tee on both holes,” said McFarlane. “That set me up for some nice chips to get close to hole.”
Grill’s best hole came on the par three at four where she put her seven iron off the tee five feet from the pin.
“I was just in a real positive mood all day,” said Grill. “I was playing with a great group which helped me to relax and get comfortable. I’m really proud of the way I hit my drives. I was getting good distance and keeping them straight.”
Alison Smith of Larkin and North’s Ariana Furrie both shot 41 to finish tied for third.
“I was pretty happy with my round,” said Smith. “I wasn’t hitting the ball quite as well as I’d like, but I was putting myself in good spots to make shots.”
Kaitlyn Woloszcyk shot a 48 to lead Jacobs (201) to a third place overall finish. Dundee-Crown (205) took fourth place. The Chargers were paced by Lauren Wendt with a 47. Larkin (213) finished fifth followed by Burlington Central (214) in sixth. Josie Kurosky shot a 42 to lead the Rockets.
The South Elgin/Bartlett co-op (224) and St Edward (236) rounded out the field. Katie Kirkby and the Green Wave’s Ryan Scully each shot a 52 along with Elgin Academy’s only player Miranda Kuzyk. Westminster Christian sent only three players with Mikaila Comforti turning in a team-best 51.