Marian Catholic duo finish 1-2 at H-F
Updated: October 5, 2011 6:49PM
For 18 holes Wednesday, Sylvie Brick and Bree Veazey were Marian Catholic teammates.
On the 19th, they were foes, playing for the Class 3A regional title at Coyote Run Golf Course in Flossmoor.
Brick won the sudden-death battle with a par 5 on the first extra hole, the 474-yard 17th, while Veazey bogeyed.
Together, they led the Spartans to their first regional title since 2006. Each scored 4-over-par 75 in regulation, boosting Marian to a 26-stroke victory over runner-up Homewood-Flossmoor.
“You want to see her do well, and you want to win,” said Brick, who repeated as regional titlist, of the curiosity of playing a teammate for the title.
Neither player was pleased with her round.
“I need a putting lesson,” Brick said. “I had six three-putts. I hit every green on the back side and I still shot 1-over.”
Veazey had similar woes after the turn. She was 2-under on the front. Then things went south.
“I lost my precision,” said Veazey, who still hit 11 of 14 fairways. “I was pushing just to finish. I made unnecessary bogeys.”
But not so many that Marian, using scores from Nina Nicpon (season-best 82) and Samantha Barlage (91) to total 39-over 323, didn’t capture the plaque.
Homewood-Flossmoor (349), which had won the last four years, was led by Sarah Armstrong’s 10-over 81, which included three birdies coming in. That made up for a threeGirls go-hole stretch of 8-over on the front.
“Towards the end, I got it together,” Armstrong said.
Lincoln-Way East was the third team to advance to Monday’s sectional at Old Oak, led by freshman Kelly Sterling’s 81 en route to a team total of 354.
“It could have been a lot better if I made some putts and didn’t make a quad on No. 4,” Sterling said.