Riverside-Brookfield High School junior golfer Mayan Covarrubias hoped for a better round at the Metro Suburban Conference Meet on Sept. 19 at Elk’s Golf Course in Kankakee.
“The tournament was a little bit rough for me, probably one of the worst matches in a while,” Covarrubias said.
She soon was pleased by the result of her resolve and play of her teammates.
By one stroke, the Bulldogs (428) pulled out second place over Wheaton Academy to secure second in the final overall standings – their highest conference finish in recent memory.
“It’s crazy. It’s a huge jump last year [fifth] to this year and even freshman year. I’m very proud of the team and very proud we came this far,” Covarrubias said.
Covarrubias (93), who was fifth, and freshman Lucia Vazzana (100) earned individual all-conference honors by finishing second and sixth when combined with MSC dual results. Other MSC scorers were senior Sophia Swicionis (113), junior Taryn Schultz (122) and seniors Ava Storandt (130) and Amelia Gardiner (156).
The Bulldogs secured second outright because they won all of their MSC duals except against St. Francis (365), which won its fifth straight MSC crown.
Covarrubias also was all-conference and an individual state qualifier in 2021.
“We played well at the end of the season. It was tough but I felt like the team played really well,” Covarrubias said.
Lyons Township High School (368) finished second at the West Suburban Conference Meet on Sept. 21 at Willow Crest to Hinsdale Central (297) and second in the final overall standings after going 8-1 in duals.
Maeve McDougal (11th, 91), Victoria Halon (12th, 92), Keira Kessler (14th, 92) and Addison Watanabe (16th, 93) and Jaden Mahler (20th, 95) were top-20 medalists with scorecard tiebreakers determining places. Kayla Sinars (95) was 21st, followed by Peri Deroche (103) and Emma Zbella (117).
RBHS and LTHS compete Sept. 29 at the IHSA Class 2A Shepard Regional at Lincoln Oaks Golf Course in Crete. The top three teams and 10 individuals not among those teams advance to the Hinsdale South Sectional Oct. 3 at Village Greens in Woodridge. At sectionals, the same cutoffs for teams and individuals determine the state qualifiers.
Gigi Montoro of North Riverside (tied for 13th, 95), Maryssa Zielinski (11th, 90) and Kacey Hughes (tied for 15th, 96) were Nazareth Academy’s top-15 all-conference medalists at the East Suburban Catholic Conference Meet Sept. 20 at Highland Woods.
The Roadrunners (383) were fourth. They compete at the Class 1A Rosary Regional on Sept. 29.
Boys golfers eye regional tourneys
The RBHS and LTHS boys golf teams compete Sept. 28 at the IHSA Class 3A Payton Regional at the Meadows Golf Club of Blue Island. The top three teams and 10 individuals not among those teams advance to the Conant Sectional on Oct. 3 at the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club. At sectionals, the same cutoffs for teams and individuals determine the state qualifiers.
LTHS (312) finished third at the WSC Silver tournament Sept. 20 at behind Hinsdale Central (290) and Glenbard West (299) and tied with the Hilltoppers for second in the overall standings based on their dual victory.
James Frehner (9th, 77) and Jack Berry (11th, 77) were top-14 medalists with scorecard tiebreakers determining places. Anderson Palm and Joe Stelter were among six 79s in which one placed 14th. Other scorers were Kevin Larmon (81), Tommy Niemiec (82) and Connor Spellman and Billy O’Neill (84s).
The RBHS boys finished sixth (392) at the MSC Blue Tournament at Kankakee Elks Country Club on Sept. 19. Senior Marc Kaplan, junior Joey Garvey and senior Jake Tyler tied for 26th with 95s, followed by sophomores Brady McCallum (33rd, 106) and Josh Udelson (34th, 107) and junior Kevin Cronin (35th, 108).