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Girls Golf: St. Charles North bound for state

Updated: October 14, 2013 11:54PM

It had been eight years since St. Charles North’s girls golf team advanced to the state tournament, so the North Stars weren’t about to let the rock-hard greens of Rockford’s Ingersoll Golf Course keep them from making the trip downstate.

Led by freshmen Gianna Furrie and Kate Lillie, St. Charles North posted a 335 total for third place Monday at the Class 2A Rockford Guilford Sectional and advanced to state by one shot over fourth-place finisher Barrington.

“It’s so easy to get down on yourself when things aren’t going your way, and throw strokes away and kind of be careless,” St. Charles North coach Chris Patrick said. “I stressed to them how something like this so often comes down to one stroke. It showed today and they pushed through it.”

Furrie shot a 40-36 for a 4-over-par 76, finishing four shots off the pace set by tournament winner Jessica Yuenn of Neuqua Valley. Freshman teammate Katie Lillie shot 80 by coming back with a 38 on the back. The Stars’ other scores were 88 by Jessica Grill and 91 by Carly Hudon.

“Carly didn’t play as well as she wanted, but she still shot well enough for us to beat Barrington by one and Jessica was solid, too,” Patrick said. “Kate had some nerves early on but turned her round around midway through it.”

Furrie and the rest of the Stars sat around anxiously awaiting team champions Crystal Lake/Cary-Grove coop (328) and runner-up Naperville North (332) to finish before making it downstate as a team.

“It was really nerve-racking,” Furrie said. “I knew I would make it individually even if the team didn’t, but I’m thinking so much of keeping the whole team together and getting us down and it worked out.”

Furrie was steady in her first sectional, hitting 17 greens en route to three birdies and her season’s best tournament score.

“My irons were really solid all day long,” she said. “My putting was really good, too.”

St. Charles North’s other two scores were 102s from Gabi Spinazze and Sam Scroggin.

Burlington Central shot 400 as a team and failed to advance a golfer to state. Senior Jenna Kurosky, who made state last year, had an off back nine for a 44 following a 42 on the front and missed a playoff for the last state qualifying spot by two shots.

“My long game wasn’t good throughout the round,” she said. “And I wasn’t making as many putts on the back nine as I did on the front nine, so it was pushing up my score.”

Kurosky’s sophomore sister, Josie, shot 90. The other Rocket scores were 116 by Haleigh Graham and 108 by Alyssa Mish.

Huntley shot 402 and was led by a 92 from Zoe Dowell. St. Charles East’s Darby Crane shot 92 to lead her team’s four individual sectional qualifiers but did not advance. Jacobs’ Sydney Goll knocked 12 shots off her regional score with a 93, but did not advance.

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