Loyola’s Kane taking on all comers this summer
Loyola's Isabelle Kane eyes a putt at the girls sectional at Cog Hill. | Tamara Bell~Sun Times Media
Updated: July 24, 2012 6:52PM
Isabelle Kane added another impressive line to her growing golf résumé this summer.
The incoming junior at Loyola competed at the Women’s Western Amateur tournament last month against some of the world’s best players.
Kane proved her work this summer is paying off, by advancing to the final 16 of match play at the Monroe Golf & Country Club in the Detroit area.
“This makes me better,” she said of the competition. “It’s a lot different than regular junior tournaments. I am playing against all kinds of girls in college. It’s a different experience.
“But my game improves by playing these events. It makes me play at a higher level.”
A year ago, the Winnetka resident participated in the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur, another top tournament on the amateur circuit.
At the Women’s Western Amateur, Kane was one of 64 players to qualify for match play. She then won two matches before losing 1-up in the round of 16.
After being one of the youngest players in the field at the Women’s Western Amateur, Kane will go up against high schoolers again, at the 86th Women’s Western Golf Association Junior Championship, at Cincinnati Country Club, on July 9-13.
“I am confident about playing there,” she said. “I think it will be fun to see how I do against players my own age. At the Western, they called me, ‘that 16-year-old.’ ”
Off the course, Kane’s been working to improve her performance on the greens.
“My putting is much better than last fall,” said Kane, who tied for 15th at the state tournament as a sophomore. “That’s why I’ve been scoring lower; I am making a lot more putts that I need to make, like ones to save par. It comes with experience and getting older.”
Kane, who plays out of Glenview’s North Shore Country Club, also is sharpening her iron play. The more often she putts for birdies, the more she will make, she said.
“I don’t hit enough right now,” Kane said. “My long game is great, and I hit a lot of fairways, but I seem to find myself recovering a lot around the greens.”