Girls Golf: Lincoln-Way East secures second trip to stateKelly Sterling, of Lincoln-Way East, takes a shot of the 1st hole fairway for girls golf sectionals at Coyote Run golf course, Monday, October 8th, 2012 in Flossmoor, IL. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 8, 2012 8:57PM
Lincoln-Way East hadn’t finished outside the top three in any tournament this season. Behind standout sophomore Kelly Sterling, the Griffins made sure to continue hitting the podium in their most important match to date.
Scaling the 12-team Marian Catholic Sectional, Lincoln-Way East fired a 342 on a brisk Monday at Coyote Run to finish as runner-up, allowing the Griffins to book their second trip to the state finals.
“Coming in, we knew we had to battle to make it as a team,” Lincoln-Way East coach Mary McGivern said. “With these conditions, it was a tough day out there. It was anyone’s opportunity and we made the most out of it.
“It was a special day for our team.”
It wouldn’t have been nearly as special without the play of Sterling. The sophomore battled gusting winds and a hour-long frost delay to top the 112-person field with a 3-over 74.
Sterling’s round included two birdies as she beat out T.F. South’s Maggie Sloan, Lincoln-Way West’s Alexis Biedrzycki, Hinsdale Central’s Rosanna Lederhausen and Lyon’s Ciara Rattana by one-stroke. Each will move on to the weekend’s state meet in Decatur.
“We were over there adding up all the scores to make sure we’re going (to state),” Sterling said about her team. “We knew we had a chance to take third. It’s really exciting to take second.”
Katie Reno (80), Karoline Pirko (92) and Hanna Petraitis (96) also contributed for the Griffins who finished behind champion Hinsdale Central (316) but ahead of Lyons (340) and Naperville North (350) -two programs they lost to earlier this season.
Providence (365) finished fifth, Mother McAuley (382) tied for sixth and Sandburg (383) took eighth behind an 85 from Frankie Saban.
In all, the top three teams advance to Decatur this coming weekend along with the 10 best non-team qualifying individuals.
Other notable qualifiers include Marian Central’s Bree Veazey (77), Stagg’s Taylor Lambertsen (77) and Lemont’s Bridget Lynn (81).