NEW LENOX – The girls golf teams from Providence Catholic, Minooka and Lincoln-Way Central all have high hopes as they kick off the 2014 season.
That’s why it wasn’t too surprising that the three squads were on pretty competitive terms with each other when they met up for Central’s triangular at The Sanctuary Golf Course.
The Celtics, who opened their season the day before at the Marian Catholic Invite, took top honors with a 183, while the Indians edged the Knights 189-190 in both squads’ debut.
Providence’s Alyssa Gromala, a returning state qualifier, took medalist honors with a round of 41, while Celtic teammate Annie Corso and Knight Anna Suppes both fired a 44.
The Celtics, who have qualified for sectionals the past two years, also received a 46 from Anna Goggins and Angela Duensing turned in a 52.
“We have a strong returning team,” Celtics coach Molly Schulte said. “Alyssa has put in a lot of work this summer; and the same goes for Anna, who’s been playing well lately, and Annie had a great round today. We’re looking forward to what the season will bring. I have a hard-working group of girls, and that’s what is most exciting to me.”
Minooka, which will be seeking its fifth straight sectional appearance, was paced by Miranda Sharp and Alli Lee, who both had rounds of 46. Also for the Indians, Andra Sharp, Miranda’s sister, fired a 47, while Emily Knaub posted a 50.
“Following the success that we’ve had the last few years, we want to take the to take that next step,” Indians coach Joe Host said. “We haven’t had a person get out of sectionals in my nine years, so that’s the next thing that we’re looking for. Obviously, we’d love to get the entire group to state. We have a nice balance between age groups plus some talent.”
Central also received scores of 48 from Jazmin Malinowski and Mary Yonkaitis, and rounds of 50 from Madeline Karlson and Sydney Graham.
The Knights, who will be hosting this year’s sectional on the same course, hope their squad has what it takes to take part in that competition.
“We got edged out, so that shows the importance of setting up a routine and going ahead and playing our brand of golf,” Knights coach Brian Shannon said. “We have definitely had the most dedication out of any year that I’ve been here. So many people are fighting for spots that it’s building competition on the team, and we try to take that to the course.”