The girls’ golf team continued their dominance as they took home the conference title this past Tuesday, Sept. 30, for the seventh year in a row. The girls also continued their streak of going undefeated in the Mid-Suburban League since 2007.
Leading the way for the Knights was senior Kacie O’Donnell with a score of 76 to take second place while senior Sammy Minasian (84) finished eighth, senior Isabella Flack (85) finished ninth, sophomore Kate Ponzi (87) finished 13th and sophomore Sabrina Accardi (88) and senior Emma Dazzo (88) tied for 18th. Minasian, Ponzi and Accardi all shot personal bests.
“To have your best round ever in the conference match is pretty remarkable,” head coach James Hamann said.
O’Donnell was proud of their performance.
“We were happy with how we did,” O’Donnell said. “It was cool to see everyone finish in the top 20.”
Practicing on the course three times prior to the actual conference meet, Hamann felt very prepared going in.
“We figured things out,” Hamann said. “I went in with high hopes…and I told them that they would hit bad shots, but they would have to do everything they can to get back on the [game] plan.”
According to O’Donnell, winning conference was a huge motivation factor as they now move forward into a very tough regional.
“Having everyone under 90 was really exciting,” O’Donnell said. “It gives us really positive energy going into regionals. It’s going to be tough, I don’t really know what to expect. I think if we go out there and stick to our game plan we can do well.”
The girls will practice at the sectional course today in Gurnee. They understand they have opponents such as last year’s state runner up Loyola and New Trier who finished fourth at state.
“We’re not going out there and feel like we will be playing against them,” Hamann said. “We’re just going to follow the game plan and post a number. Normally it’s good enough. If we play well and keep shooting our personal best rounds we’re going to be alright.”