Girls' golf wins sectionals

By Beth Clifford

Staff Writer

Six girls teed off at Buffalo Grove Golf Course around 10a.m. on Monday with wonderful weather conditions except for heavy wind. Each Prospect golfer was paired with a girl from Maine South, Loyola, and Mundelein. Here’s the fun part: Maine South’s Varsity head coach is Jeff Hamann, Prospect Varsity head coach Jim Hamann’s brother. You could see their mother walking around the course wearing a Prospect short sleeve with a Maine South long sleeve underneath.”It’s just fun to hang out with him … it’s fun coaching with him and against him,” Coach Jim Hamann said.

The Prospect girls’ golf team took home the sectional title for Prospect this Monday, Oct. 14. The outstanding victory advances the whole team to IHSA State Finals starting this coming Thursday.

Led by senior Ally Scaccia’s two-under-par score of 73, the girls finished with their lowest four scores total at 311. They beat out second-place Loyola by seven strokes and third-place New Trier by ten.

“Ally (73) and Noreen (75) played fantastic all day,” Hamann said. “Everybody else really really battled hard for the team and finished strong. I’m very excited about what we did today. What we shot today on a tough course with a lot of wind is tough to do.”

Prospect, Loyola, and New Trier along with the top ten individuals from Monday will all compete at state Friday and Saturday. Hamann plans on having a short practice on Tuesday so his girls can focus on schoolwork and get a good sleep before they leave for state on Wednesday.

The Prospect girls have been favored for the state title all year because they have the same six girls that played at state last year leading the team this year. All of them are familiar with the state course in Decatur.

“We love playing the state course,” Hamann said. “We’re going to play awesome at the state tournament.”

With high expectations for the team comes a lot of support and attention. Prospect blue could be spotted alongside the girls on every hole on Monday.

“A ton of people came out to support Prospect today so that’s awesome,” senior Noreen Caporusso said. “It’s a lot of fun having people watching us … It definitely helps out.”

Those high expectations also apply to the boys’ golf team as they placed third in their sectional tournament Monday. Both the girls’ and boys’ varsity teams can be seen competing for the state title this coming week because of their fantastic play on Monday.

“This season, we stopped being a boys and a girls team,” senior Kiley Walsh (81) said. “We became one team for Prospect, and going to state with my whole team will be an incredible experience.”