AURORA – It’s been one heck of a brief stretch on the calendar for the Sandwich girls golf team.
The Indians on Oct. 1 won the Interstate Eight Conference tournament. On Thursday, they followed that up up by qualifying for the first sectional in school history after finishing third at the Class 1A Aurora Central Catholic Regional at Phillips Park Golf Course in Aurora.
“The whole year for us has been very successful and the last week or so has really proven to be remarkable winning conference last Tuesday and now making it to sectionals as a group today,” Sandwich coach Randy Malloy said. “It’s never been done before at Sandwich and these girls have put so much time and effort into their performances this season which is extremely commendable for them. I’m just so very proud because they earned it for sure.”
The Indians received a team-best 91 from senior Josie Gonzalez, 98 off the clubs of senior Jillian Fuchs, a 99 from junior Grace Donahue and a 102 carded by sophomore Alijah Campbell. Those four rounds added up to the third-place finish of 390 behind the host Chargers (378) and second-place Rosary (383).
Plano (413) finished just out of the sectional mix in fourth place, but saw sophomore’s Faith Malloy (96) and Kendal Flodstrom (100) both advance individually.
Chicago University junior Emily Chang was the individual champion, shooting a 75..
It was the steady performance by Gonzalez – who spearheaded the Sandwich regional effort by going out in her first nine with a 44 and coming home on the back with a 47 – that ultimately helped provide the Indians with a piece of school history that now moves onto sectional play Monday at Silver Ridge Golf Course in Oregon.
“It obviously took a lot from everyone today to qualify and we all came out with the mind set of just playing our games in order to finish strong as a team,” Gonzalez said. “It’s so exciting to have qualified for sectionals especially because Jillian and I are both seniors and for each of us to lead our team today was very, very special. To say we’re going to move on as a team is truly amazing and hopefully it won’t be our last hurrah and we’ll make it to state.”
Fuchs went out with 46 and in with 52 while Donahue was one stroke back going out in 46 and in at 53. Campbell struggled a touch by shooting 54 on the front and 48 on the back after carding an 89 to lead the conference champion quartet last week. Junior’s Morgan Ross (105) and Hanna Reedy (109) also shot admirably for Sandwich and will be apart of the Lady Indians Sectional lineup next Monday in Oregon.