Golf state notes: Lake Forest boys, Stevenson girls claim state titles

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Lake Forest and Stevenson made it a championship Saturday for Lake County high school golfers, as the Scouts boys and Patriots girls won the large-class state championships Saturday at downstate golf courses.

The Scouts finished eight strokes ahead of second-place Glenbrook North at The Den at Fox Creek in Bloomington. Forty miles to the south, Stevenson topped Barrington by one stroke at Hickory Point in Forsyth.

Lake Forest claimed the fifth team championship in program history, while Stevenson claimed the crown for the first time.

Patriot chemistry: Before each match, Stevenson sophomore Emily Duan said the team meets up before heading to the first tee.

“We have a special handshake each time we play that really bonds us together,” said Duan, who tied for third with a 4-over 148 after two rounds.

“It shows us how close we are,” added freshman Allie Santos, who tied for fifth with a 5-over 149. “Even as a freshman, I learned how much we mean to each other and how to commit to your teammates.”

Both Duan and Santos said the bonding was critical for the Patriots’ come-from-behind victory at the Class 2A state tournament. Stevenson trailed Barrington by one stroke after the first round Friday, then beat the Fillies by two strokes on Saturday to leapfrog them.

“It was a crazy day, a real crazy day,” coach Emma Degen said. “We have a real deep bench, and every one of our players contributed. They did what they needed to do.”

Duan made five birdies on Friday and had another five on Saturday. She knew she had a chance to help her team whenever she got the ball on the green in regulation.

“I looked at the ball and putted it straight at the cup,” said Duan, who placed seventh at state last season. “I improved from seventh to fifth. Next year I want to improve to first.”

The Patriots’ top four finishers at state will all return next year.

Scouts surge for 3A title: Before Lake Forest teed off on the second day of the Class 3A state tournament, senior Patrick Moorhead noticed that junior teammate Charlie Haggerty was not his usual, outgoing self.

Moorhead was not sure why Haggerty was behaving that way, but everyone knew the Scouts were starting the day 10 strokes behind leader Glenbrook North. Moorhead was tied for fourth in the individual standings, but the rest of his teammates were six or more strokes behind him.

Haggerty shot an 82 on Friday, and his score was not among the Scouts’ top four that contributed to the team total. But Saturday was a different story: He opened his round par, par, par, par, eagle on his way to a 1-over 73.

Moorhead said he was inspired.

“When we saw him playing really well, it got us all up,” Moorhead said. “I know it got me really fired up.”

Coach Jim Matheson said as each player learned how well the others were doing, they all kept scoring better.

“Everyone was feeding off each other,” Matheson said.

After shooting an even-par 72 in the first round, Moorhead shot a 3-under 69 to finish second overall in the individual standings. The next-best Scouts were Flynn Bradley and Jack Marshall in 20th place.

When Matheson told Moorhead on the 18th tee he had a shot at the title, his mind was on the team.

“He just wanted to know how the team was doing,” Matheson said. “I told him we had it in the bag, he should go for it.”

Cougars’ Schulman takes 5th in 2A: Vernon Hills freshman Lexi Schulman used her excellent short game to make up for her average driving distance as she tied for fifth place at the Class 2A girls tournament with a 5-over 149 through two rounds.

Schulman said her first trip to state was exciting, though she had played in high-pressure junior tournaments already. The difference is she played against girls her own age in junior competition, but in high school, many of the best golfers are two or three years older than she is.

“They were longer off the tee, but other than that they were the same,” Schulman said. “I knew any time I got my approach inside 20 feet, I would be all right. When I did, I got it close for a tap-in for par.”

Carmel boys claim 4th in 1A: Carmel posted a two-day team total of 620 to finish in a tie for fourth place at the Class 2A boys golf state tournament at Weibring Golf Club in Normal.

Junior Clint Bailes, a Lake Forest resident, led the Corsairs with a two-round total of 6-over 148.

Carmel missed a third-place team trophy by four strokes. Bailes said when he made par on seven consecutive holes Saturday, he felt he could be on his way to a top-10 finish.

“I had a really nice par streak,” Bailes said. “I was able to hold everything together and stay in it.”

Buffalo Grove sophomore Dori Lee tied for 12th at the Class 3A boys tournament with a 6-over 150.

Mundelein senior Colin Wade tied for 20th in Class 3A with a 10-over 154.

Steve Sadin is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press.

Twitter @Pioneer_Press


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