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LT, Nazareth, RB girls golfers hit the links

As the girls golf season gets underway, teams have their sights set on the same destination – downstate Decatur for the Class A and AA state tournaments Oct. 17 and 18. Lyons Township will be looking to compete in the team competition again, while Fenwick and Riverside Brookfield are shooting for more success this season.

Fenwick Friars

Coaches: Kitty Delany and Joseph Konrad

Conference: East Suburban Catholic

Top players

Frankie Bell, junior

Amy Kucera, sophomore

Stephanie Mroz, freshman

Katie Rodden, senior

Outlook: The Fenwick program hasn’t had a ton of team success in recent years, but an early strong showing and some young talent has changed expectations.

Freshman Stephanie Mroz shot a 75 at the Friars’ opening meet of the season, a 16-team invite hosted by Marian Catholic at Coyote Run Golf Course in Flossmoor, and Fenwick placed third.

“She’s going to be one of the top girls in the state junior or senior year,” said Joseph Konrad, who coaches the team along with Kitty Delany. “We got four real solid girls that can bring the scores that are going to compete against the better teams this year. I don’t think we’re the top level just yet, but we certainly have a team that can compete.”

In addition to Mroz, junior Frankie Bell and senior Katie Rodden, both sectional qualifiers last year, return to the lineup. Sophomore Amy Kucera also should be a regular in the Friars’ top four scoring golfers.

“If we clean our act up a bit, we may be looking at for the first time in a long time going downstate,” Konrad said. “Certainly individually, Frankie Bell and Stephanie Mroz should be going down.”

Lyons Township Lions

Coach: Brad Anderson

Conference: West Suburban Silver

Top players

Melissa Marston, senior

Michele Siamis, senior

Macy Tabachka, senior

Outlook: Regional medalist Macy Tabachka is one of three golfers returning with postseason experience.

Melissa Marston also was a varsity mainstay last year while Michele Siamis competed at the regional and state meets last season. All three seniors will hope to replace the low scores of standout golfer Ciara Rattana, who is now at Division II Tusculum College. Siamis tied for 67th at state last year, the highest of any of the returners.

"As far as us making it to state we have a good chance," coach Brad Anderson said. "We've been to state four years in a row so it wasn't just Ciara. She obviously became our leader junior and senior year. Replacing her is impossible, but this year it is scoring by committee. We may not win on the one and two, but we can catch on the three, four and five scores because we're deeper."

Sisters Katie Lively and Sarah Lively are also part of seven seniors on the LT roster.

The Lions open Aug. 27 against Willowbrook at Flagg Creek Golf Course and will hope to push favored Hinsdale Central in the West Suburban Silver and in the postseason.

Nazareth Roadrunners

Coach: Charlie Rohlf

Conference: East Suburban Catholic

Top players

Grace Brown, junior

Courtney Urzen, senior

Outlook: The Roadrunners lost eight seniors from last year’s varsity roster and have just two returners in Grace Brown and Courtney Urzen.

Nazareth opens the season with Riverside Brookfield on Friday at Willow Crest Club in Oak Brook.

Riverside Brookfield Bulldogs

Coach: Mark Gouwens

Conference: Metro Suburban

Top players

Renee Kunkel, senior

Julia Roedel, senior

Gianna Rumoro, sophomore

Cameron Shaw, sophomore

Outlook: The Bulldogs open Thursday at Twin Lakes Golf Course with a dual against host Westmont.

RB is the only Class 3A team in the newly expanded Metro Suburban Conference, but the addition of new teams Wheaton Academy, Guerin and Aurora Central Catholic allow the Bulldogs to compete in a full conference. Glenbard South and RB make it a five-team conference that will have a conference tournament at Glendale Lakes Golf Club in Glendale Heights near the end of the season.

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