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Girls golf previews: York's Carlquist, AT's De La Cruz have state ambitions

Girls golfers from across the area are on the course for the 2013 season. The season has just started, but the goal for individuals and teams throughout state is to make the trek to the Decatur area Oct. 18 to 19 for the Class A and AA state championship tournaments.

York Dukes

Conference: West Suburban Silver

Home course: Sugar Creek Golf Course, 500 E. Van Buren St., Villa Park

2012 results: 4-7 dual meet record, 5th in regional

Coach: Barb Tilden

Top golfers:

Megan Backman, so.

Kerri Carlquist, jr.

Ellen Foley, so.

Meg Grasse, sr.

Elise Rantis, jr.

What to watch:

Kerri Carlquist is a returning sectional qualifier with the hopes of making it to state this season. Supporting Carlquist will be a young group.

Sophomores Megan Backman and Ellen Foley could make big improvements this season after impressing in their first year of high school.

“A lot of the freshmen from last year were just great,” coach Barb Tilden said. “They’ve stepped up their games.”

Tilden mentioned trying to make a push in the West Suburban Silver, but admitted the top teams of Lyons Township and Hinsdale Central will be tough to beat.

Glenbard East Rams

Conference: DuPage Valley

Home course: Glendale Lakes Golf Course, 1550 President St., Glendale Heights

2012 results: 5-9 dual meet record, 7th in regional

Coach: Scott Miller

Top golfers:

Sam Caruso, so.

Morgan Fugiel, sr.

Taylor Hallcox, sr.

Grace Ludwig, so.

Anna Mahay, jr.

Gillian Ostrowski, so.

What to watch:

Senior captains Morgan Fugiel and Taylor Hallcox will lead a young Rams’ team as the only seniors in the varsity lineup.

Three sophomores, Sam Caruso, Grace Ludwig and Gillian Ostrowski, will be hoping to make an early impression. Junior Anna Mahay is also expected to be a regular in the top six.

“Our goals for this year will be to finish .500 or better and in the upper half of the DVC,” coach Scott Miller said.

Addison Trail Blazers

Conference: West Suburban Gold

Home course: Salt Creek Golf Club, 701 W. Thorndale Ave., Wood Dale

2012 results: 10th in regional

Coach: Eric Norberg

Top golfer:

Gia De La Cruz, sr.

What to watch:

Two-time state qualifier Gia De La Cruz will headline the Blazers’ lineup. De La Cruz shot an 80 in the weather-shortened one-round state tournament last year to tie for 23rd place.

After winning the York regional at Maple Meadows Golf Course by shooting a 77, De La Cruz grabbed the last individual qualifying spot in the sectional tournament.

She played in youth tournaments over the summer and will be hoping the work put in will result in a top-20 finish
at state.

Willowbrook Warriors

Conference: West Suburban Gold

Home course: Sugar Creek Golf Course, 500 E. Van Buren St., Villa Park

2012 results: 2-5 WSG

Coach: Jim White

Top golfers:

Madison Aiello, jr.

Amanda DiNella, jr.

Susie Johnson, sr.

What to watch:

Sectional qualifier Amanda DiNella returns with the hope of taking the next step and making it to state. She shot a 95 at Maple Meadows Golf Course in the York regional last year to advance to the sectional.

Along with DiNella, junior Madison Aiello and senior Susie Johnson will be key contributors for the Warriors.

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