DECATUR – Even though she was competing in the IHSA Class AA state meet for the third time, Wheaton Warrenville South junior Kelly Anderson said this year’s event had a different feel to it.
“I made it down the first two years with my team,” Anderson said, “and that was a very fun experience. I love those girls. This year I was down as an individual and it was very different. But my mom was down there with me and I spent time with some different people.”
One year after placing 40th individually, the junior improved to 33rd place this time around. She carded a 75 on Friday and an 86 a day later for a two-day total of 161.
“Friday was a good day,” Anderson said. “It was fun being in contention, I was in the top-10 after the first day. That was good reinforcement. Saturday, I had a disappointing ending to a great season. I wasn’t expecting my performance to fall apart like that.”
But even if she wasn’t completely satisfied with how it ended, Anderson was grateful to have another opportunity to compete against the state’s best.
“It was really fun to make it down to state,” she said. “I know a lot of people don’t get the opportunity to do that, especially three times in a row. I was really, really happy and it was a thrill to be down there.”
The state meet wrapped up what was an outstanding season for Anderson, who was the lone Tiger to return from last year’s state team that placed 11th. She was the medalist at both the DVC meet and the Glenbard East regional.
“I was very happy with my season,” the junior said. “I accomplished a lot of goals. I shot under par for 18 holes twice and I shot under par for nine holes three or four times.”
Anderson will now lock her clubs up for a couple of weeks before starting preparation for the spring tournaments. Soon she will also begin the process of selecting her college destination.
“I definitely want to play in college,” she said.
Making a return trip to the IHSA Class AA state meet this past weekend, Hanna Netisingha finished in a tie for 49th place.
The senior shot a 80 on Friday and then backed that up with an 85 on Saturday for a total score of 165.
Wheaton Warrenville South
The Tigers finished in 11th place at the IHSA Class 3A state meet over the weekend with a two-day stroke total of 646.
Individually, Bailey Dahlquist was 46th with a score of 159, Brian McCaffrey was 56th with a 161 and Will Kelly was 64th with a 163. Will Denman followed with a 164 and Tommy Dale and Sean McCaffrey each had a score of 169.
Representing the Falcons at the Class 3A state meet, Connor Morency finished in 86th place with a two round score of 167.
Competing at the IHSA Class 2A meet as a team, the Spartans finished in eighth place with a team score of 663.
Individually, Jonathan Nocek was 38th (162), Dan Mochel placed 49th (164), Connor Buckley came in 66th (168) and John Stolte was 73rd (169). Dan Zurawski (179) also placed 99th.
The two Warriors competing at the IHSA Class 2A state tournament had fine showings over the weekend.
Zack Spear came in 31st place with a score of 160 and Grant Gosden was 43rd with a total of 163.