Girls Golf: Kelly Sterling propels Lincoln-Way East to Regional title

Updated: October 3, 2012 6:12PM

Lincoln-Way East sophomore Kelly Sterling could not overtake Lincoln-Way West sophomore Alexis Biedrzycki for medalist honors Wednesday at Inwood, but she was vital to the Griffins’ march to the team championship in the Class AA Joliet Regional.

“It came down to the last score in and any of the top three teams could have won it,” East coach Mary McGivern said. “Fortunately for Lincoln-Way East, we had Kelly Sterling.”

Sterling shot a 4-over-par 74 to help the Griffins to a 336 team score. Providence and Sandburg finished at 342 and also advance to Monday’s Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional at Coyote Run. The Celtics were awarded second place on a fifth-score tiebreaker.

“We were third last year, so this was a big improvement,” said Sterling, who was three strokes behind Biedrzycki’s 71, which featured a 1-under 33 on the back nine. “We thought we could probably win (Wednesday), but it was tough. Emily (Rush) really had a good day, and that helped a lot.”

Rush, a senior, celebrated her 18th birthday with her best round of the year, an 81, on her favorite course. That tied Sandburg’s Frankie Saban for the fourth-place medal. East also counted the 90 of Katie Reno and the 91 of Hannah Petraitis.

Alyssa Newling led Providence, which will make its first sectional appearance since 2003, with an 80, good for third place. The Celtics’ other counting scores were Maggie Corso 83, Anna Goggins 88 and Maddie Utter 91. Megan Kurcz’s 94 won the tiebreaker. Goggins is a freshman, the others seniors.

“Anna Goggins had her best score yet at a perfect time,” Providence coach Molly Duffy said. “Our goal was to advance. I think the girls are coming around and realizing how good they are.”

The remaining team scores were Lincoln-Way North 362, Lincoln-Way West 377, Joliet Catholic 379, Joliet Township 385, Lockport 390, Lincoln-Way Central 415, Andrew 449 and Romeoville 453.

The top 10 individuals not on the first three teams also advance to the sectional. Biedrzycki leads that list, which also includes Maddy Troha, of Joliet Catholic (85); Milena Singletary, of Joliet (88); Claire O’Connor, of Joliet Catholic (90); Kayla Garritson, of Lockport (92); and Clara Scheer, of Lincoln-Way Central (94).

“I missed a couple of easy putts on (holes) 2 and 4, but after that I got in a rhythm and played well,” said Biedrzycki, whose score was posted more than an hour before the final group finished. “I’m happy with 71. If anyone beats it, my hat’s off to them.”

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