Lexi Schulman had a round she never expected to see in the Class 2A Libertyville girls golf region at the Veterans Memorial Golf Course in Great Lakes Thursday.
Vernon Hills junior started at the back nine and sent a disappointing 41. But at the front she had a couple of holes that turned her the other way.
Schulman put up a 33 over the last nine to finish with a 2-over medal round of 74 on the 5,006-yard course. She also made an eagle on the second hole that played 255 yards as she sent her second shot on the green and it found the bottom of the cup. Then she added a birdie on the eighth hole that was a par 5.
“I knew the nine left would be tough for everyone,” Schulman said. “So the hard nine is over and the easy nines come up. Hopefully I shoot low par or below. On my 11th hole (second) I dug out of 70 yards next to an eagle. It turned things around pretty quickly. It was a pretty big shot and I was thinking about what’s this round. I was really so confused at the time. I still had a shot and was not quite out of it. On the eighth hole I had about a 10-footer. downhill and did it. It’s pretty good to win one of these, because it’s been a while. I’ve always been on the hunt. “
Stevenson was the top team with a 311 and won the regional championship. The Patriots won the state title in 2019.
“I have mixed feelings with our score,” Stevenson coach Emma Degen said. “We had some kids who did not have their best day. We’ll get those bad days out of the way, and hopefully we’ll get a good section.”
Emily Duan and Chelsea She led the Patriots with the 76s. Megan Lee (79) and Allie Santos (80) also scored.
Highland Park (335) and Deerfield (339) were the other two teams advancing to the Belvidere section at Timber Pointe Golf Club in Poplar Grove on Monday.
Wauconda’s Liv Romer was one of the people advancing outside the qualifying teams with an 85. Romer competed in his first meeting this season after dealing with an ACL injury suffered in May and playing softball.
“I’m very excited to get a chance to play. I went to the pitch after I was cleared on Wednesday,” said Romer, who reached the section the last two years. “I was happy with the way I played, even though I did not play forever. I did not expect to do very well. It was a big surprise to be in the section. I just stayed in my own head. My legs did not feel like 100 percent. I just told myself to be focused shot after shot. “
Others who advanced were Anna Lee (78) from Vernon Hills, Lake Forest’s Zofia Olszeloski (84), Kate Roberts (85) from Carmel and Emily Kaminsky (85) from Lake Zurich.
“My putting was good while I had other areas of my game that were up and down,” Kaminsky said. “I would keep it at a level I can shoot. My goal for the day was 83 or 84.”
Mundelein’s Kellie Shanahan had an 86, while Lake Forest’s Lucy Rogers, Lake Zurich’s Abby Watt and Audrey Weadick of Libertyville each had 87s.
“I think we all got through well and everyone here did well,” Shanahan said. “I was nervous at first. I just learned to keep my nerves away and just focus on the game to get through the round.”
Warren won the Fox Lake Country Club team championship with a 384. Prairie Ridge (391) and Grant (403) also qualified for the Belvidere section.
Junior Ally Badgley and junior Alaina Goeden led Warren with the 94s, while the Blue Devils also counted a 95 from junior Gracie Haupt and a 101 from junior Josie Leibfried.
Grant was led by a 93 from senior Cara Pederson. Junior Abbi Themanson had a 99 for the Bulldogs, which also counted a 103 from senior Audrey Mazur and a 108 from sophomore Savannah Dickson.
Grayslake Central’s Alex McGowan finished second with a 91.
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