New Trier wins girls golf conference championship, Hong earns medalist honors
Ashley Hong didn’t play the best round of her life Thursday at Sunset Valley in Highland Park, but the Glenbrook North senior’s 75 gave her the biggest win of her career.
Hong edged out New Trier’s Julia Schuham (76) and Highland Park’s Kelli Ono (76) for the CSL championship.
“I was pretty happy with how I played, even though I struggled with my putting on the front nine,” Hong said. “But I was able to adjust quickly.”
Hong shot 38-37 and made two birdies on the day. The Spartans took third place with their 334.
Led by Schuham’s best-ever round, New Trier captured the league title after posting a 316. Highland Park was second with a 319.
Ellie McGuire (79), Lois Suh (80) and Nerissa Denenberg (81) contributed for the Trevians. McGuire’s round tied her for fourth.
Hong’s said she’s looking forward to the state series, which starts Oct. 3 at the New Trier Regional at Winnetka Golf Club.
“I’m only getting better,” she said. “I hope that will continue to be the case by the end of the year.”
Dakota Karson (82), Amy Hong (84) and Maria Nauma (93) rounded out Glenbrook North’s scoring foursome Thursday. Amy Hong is a freshman and Ashley’s younger sister.
“It’s been so much fun having her on the team,” Ashley Hong said. “It’s been more fun that I thought it would be.”
Maine South accomplished another milestone. The Hawks’ 345 was the school’s best-ever round at the conference tournament, and it was good for fifth place.
Katie Krall led the way with an 85, while Leia Atas and Kelly McCone shot matching 86s. Annie Krall completed the scoring with an 88.
“Our conference is as solid as it’s ever been,” Maine South coach Jeff Hamann said. “If there’s a better conference in the state, I’d like to see it. We are really stacked this year.”
Maine South and Maine West are the two league teams not at the New Trier Regional. The Hawks play Oct. 3 at the Hoffman Estates Regional at Poplar Creek.
“We’d love to make it to the state tournament,” Hamann said. “That would be nice to have on our résumé.”