Hinsdale Central claims team titleNaperville Central's Avleen Bhandal tees Wednesday at Seven Bridges. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 5, 2011 8:21PM
Facing one of the most challenging golf courses many players will see all season, competitors at Wednesday’s Class AA Hinsdale Central Regional at Seven Bridges saw their scores suffer.
Many players and teams shot scores far higher than their season averages on the par-73 spread known for its abundance of water hazards, even in ideal conditions. But Hinsdale Central was able to push through it for a team title, shooting a 319 behind junior medalist Rosanna Lederhausen.
Lyons was second with a 345 and Downers Grove South snagged the final sectional qualifying bid with a 367, just edging out Naperville North by a stroke.
“There is definitely a lot of pressure, but I think we take it in a good way,” Lederhausen said. “We just really want to play our best. If we played our best and didn’t win, I think we’d be happy anyway.”
Lederhausen had some hiccups on the more difficult back nine, standing at one under through 11 holes and then suffering through a triple bogey and a couple of other tough holes to arrive at her 76, which was still good enough to win medalist honors.
“I made a really interesting triple, but I just had to take it and move on,” Lederhausen said. “I had three bad holes, but the rest were all pars or birdies. It was an OK day.”
Her teammate, Colleen Ahern, posted the second-best score of the day, a 77. Jackie Bruns and Cailee Beisswanger each shot 83s for the Red Devils, who will be among the favorites at Monday’s sectional at Old Oak in Homer Glen.
Lyons didn’t earn any style points with its 345, which was paced by an 81 from Ciara Rattana. But coach Brad Anderson knows that only one thing matters in the postseason.
“At this point of the year, if you live to play another day, that’s it,” Anderson said. “And we are living to play another day, and that’s all we care about. We get to play on Monday. There are a lot of schools that wish they could.”
Downers South was finished playing more than an hour before Naperville North, but its wait was worth it when the Mustangs learned they would move on to sectionals as a team. Sara Uhlir led DGS with an 84.
Hinsdale South’s Jessica Sachs (82) and Naperville North’s Taylor Arenson (83) paced the 10 individual sectional qualifiers.