Girls Golf: Ridgewood’s Sabrina Bonanno captures Class 1A title

Updated: October 13, 2012 6:53PM

DECATUR — Sabrina Bonanno has a new motto to go along with her long-awaited hardware.

“Third time’s the charm,” Bonanno said. “I think I’m going to go by that. That’s my new saying.”

The Ridgewood junior won her first 1A girls golf state championship Saturday, outlasting Knoxville junior Shawn Rennegarbe with a pressure-packed birdie on the 18th hole at Red Tail Run Golf Course. It was a breakthrough victory for Bonanno, who already has a pair of second-place finishes at state — the 2A event in 2010 and the 1A tourney a year ago.

“I was like, ‘Oh man, here comes another second place,’ ” Bonanno said. “It’s nice to know that I finally got something.”

In an effort to avoid possible afternoon storms, the IHSA changed the format of Saturday’s final round to a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Bonanno started on the first hole with a three-stroke lead after shooting a 73 in Friday’s first round, but found herself just two shots ahead of Rennegarbe — who turned in the round of the day Saturday with a 4-under 68 that included a front-side 32 — as she prepared to tee off on 18.

Bonanno’s drive was perfect, but her second shot found a fairway bunker 100 yards from the final green. She calmly played a shot to 15 feet below the hole, then rolled in her birdie putt to put an exclamation point on her three-shot win.

“That was not going through my head at all,” Bonanno said of her closing birdie. “I was just thinking, ‘Just get on the green or chip, and you’ll be fine.’ ”

Bonanno’s two-day total was 142 (2-under). Rennegarbe finished at 145, four shots ahead of third-place Ashton Goodley of Eldorado. Rockford’s Bailey Peck (152) was fourth and Jamie Ehrhart (154) of Quincy (Notre Dame) rounded out the top 5.

There was a 90-minute weather delay during Bonanno’s front nine, but despite intermittent rain the rest of the day — and the fact that Red Tail Run is just 9 miles from the site where the 2A girls state tournament was canceled after 4 holes Saturday — the tournament finished without serious trouble.

Massac County won the team title with a two-day total of 665. Rochester (669) was second.

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