By Marty Farmer
Although the Riverside-Brookfield High School girls golf team didn't advance to a Class 2A sectional, three Bulldogs qualified individually.
Freshman Kiki Keen shot a team-best 102 and teammates Isabel Hughes and Grace Larsen each carded a 106. All three return next season as well.
The Bulldogs (428) took sixth out of a seven-team field. Fenwick (358) won the St. Ignatius Regional, followed by Payton (364) and the host Wolfpack (398).
RBHS prepared well for the postseason with three dual-match wins to close out the regular season. In their regular-season finale, the Bulldogs defeated Willowbrook 205-237. Keen carded a season-best 48 and the team's total of 205 represented a 35-stroke drop from the first match of the season.
Along with Keen, Hughes and Lawson, seniors Delaney Bryant and Fiona Bushe and freshman Eva Funaki fill out the varsity roster for coach Mark Gouwens.
Fenwick girls golf
The Friars' score of 358 topped runner-up Payton by six strokes to win the Class 2A St. Ignatius Regional. Senior Stephanie Mroz led Fenwick with a score of 73 to earn medalist honors. Alexis Attard (92), Natalie Mortell (95), Taylor Holquist (98), Olivia Morrissey (101) and Brigid O'Hara (121) also contributed for Fenwick.
Marie Miller, Samantha Shalgos, Grace Bennett and Gabriella Kiel have provided depth this season.
Fenwick tuned up for the postseason with a second-place showing at the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference tourney at the Green Garden Golf Club in Frankfort. With a score of 342, the Friars trailed only Loyola in a 12-team field. GCAC All-Conference picks Mroz (third place, 2-over 73), Mortell) 9th place, 84) and Attard (12th place) powered Fenwick to its runner-up finish.
Fenwick has benefited from excellent play at the top of lineup.
"Stephanie Mroz is a senior who is playing some of her best golf," Fenwick coach Kitty Delany said. "She has an average 18-hole score of 75 and an average 38 score over 9-holes. She is very talented and capable of placing very high- if not winning- the state finals.
"Fellow senior Natalie Mortell has steadily improved her scoring. Alexis Attard is a big hitter. She's also improved her short game this season, which has improver her scoring as well."
LTHS boys golf
The Lions' Mike Kozub was the medalist with a score of 66 at the Payton Regional. Fellow junior Nick Panos carded a 70, while seniors Jack Suedbeck and Patrick Akaniroj each shot a 76. Sophomore Max Rohrohr (77) and Pat Johnson (81) also contributed for the sectional champion Lions, who shot a season-low 288.
The Lions advanced to the New Trier Sectional hosted by Winnetka Golf Club. Competition will be tough as the Lions face regional champs Loyola, Maine South and Fenwick.
LTHS closed the regular season with a third-place finish at the Dundee-Crown tourney as Kozub carded a 75, Suedbeck 77, Nick Panes 78 and Akaniroj 78.
The Lions edged their rival Hinsdale Central by 19 strokes. Led by Kozubs, who shot a 61 and Panos (72), the Lions won their conference.
RBHS boys golf
Junior Chris Robertson shot an 80 at the Class 3A Payton Regional last week. The Bulldogs finished with a score of 368.