Girls golf: KV wins own sectional at Sandy Pines
By Dennis Churilla Post-Tribune correspondent September 17, 2012 11:08PM
Updated: October 19, 2012 6:17AM
DEMOTTE — Kankakee Valley captured its own girls golf sectional championship at Sandy Pines on Monday, putting an end to Twin Lakes streak of 14 consecutive titles in the process.
And the Kougars have some unlikely heroes to thank.
KV’s Tara Beere led the Kougars with an 86 and Emily Tucker contributed a 90. But it was the 92 posted by No. 5 player Shanan Patrick that boosted KV into a tie with Twin Lakes. The Kougars won the tiebreaker courtesy of No. 4 player Madison Wireman’s 110, which was six strokes better than Twin Lakes’ fifth score.
“They really came through, didn’t they?” said Kankakee Valley coach Ron Stanton of the bottom of his order. “All the girls did, really. That’s our lowest team score this year. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Rensselaer’s Bobbie Jo Culp captured medalist honors with a personal best score of 81. Culp’s round, however, wasn’t without its adventures.
“On the second hole, I triple-bogeyed for an eight,” Culp said. “I hit my approach on the third hole to three feet for a birdie and was fine for a while after that. But then I whiffed on a shot on number nine and took a double-bogey there.”
Culp needed to drain a long putt for bogey on the 18th hole to hold off Twin Lakes’ Taylor Russell and Morgan Kybure, who each shot an 82. KV, Twin Lakes and Rensselaer all move on to the regional next Saturday at Battle Ground Golf Club in Lafayette.
Also advancing was Lowell’s Jorden Zubay, who was the low individual qualifier with an 84. Zubay shot 45 on the front nine, but blistered the back nine with a 39.
“After the front, it was now or never, so I figured it might as well be now,” she said. “I had shot well here the day before, so I knew I could do it.”
North Newton’s Alisha Watts and Taylor Watkins also advanced individually.