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Lynn has her sights set on leading Lemont to state as team this fall

LEMONT – With her final high school golf campaign fast approaching, Bridget Lynn has spent considerable time this summer working on her game.

Coming off a 50th-place individual finish in Class AA last fall, the soon-to-be Lemont senior wants to leave nothing to chance.

“I’ve put in a lot more summer work this year,” Lynn said. “And I have the sunburn to prove it.”

Lynn said she has played in five or six tournaments this summer, including the 33rd Chick Evans Jr. Amateur Championship on Monday and Tuesday in Itasca. Her best finish is a tie for ninth with a top score of 79. She also has practiced with her Indians teammates three times a week.

“I was kind of in a lull at the beginning of the summer where I didn’t play my best,” she said. “That really opened my eyes. It made me realize how much hard work has to go into it. Now playing every day and really getting into it, I’m improving. I’m happy with my scores; it’s progress.”

Lynn got her start with the sport thanks in large part to her older brother, Tom, who is now 23.

“My brother also played for the high school team,” said Lynn, who played softball and soccer growing up, “so it kind of became a family thing. I got all his old clubs at one point, and I picked them up and started hitting around.

“He has really helped me develop a passion for it.”

A varsity player at Lemont since her freshman year, Lynn was a state qualifier for the first time in 2012 after shooting an 81 at sectionals.

“I was overwhelmed by a lot of emotions and it goes to show that you are really working toward something,” she said. “You are not just toiling away for nothing.”

With the 2013 season on the horizon, Lynn already has thought out the perfect finale.

“It’s been something that has been in the back of my mind the whole summer,” said Lynn, who would like to continue with the sport in college. “I’m looking to go downstate and go with my team. I think we have a chance this year. With the attitude I’ve seen so far, I’m really proud of everyone. I think we can pull together and have a good season.”

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