New girls golf team takes off

This fall sports season, Grayslake North and Central combined to create the district’s first girls golf team, following the rise in girl participants in the previous boys golf seasons.

After years of increasingly larger girl participation within the boys golf team, the district has decided to create a team the girls can call their own.  The new addition is shared between both district school’s.

“We have had a core group of girl golfers from both Central and North that have typically golfed every year on the boys team, we had shown the last two years we had a trend of enough girls to have a program.  It is a co op team from both Central and North,” Athletic Director Tina Woolard said.

So far, the varsity team has been performing well, and they look forward to competing in the upcoming regional and state tournaments.

“We got third in our first tournament at Huntley and 7th at the Lake County Tournament.  We are currently 1-1 in duals and 1-0 in conference. We’d like to advance to regionals as a team and if possible even farther. We’d want to be at the top of our conference at the end of October too.” Varisty coach Scott Ewin said.

The girls golf team has trained very hard to be perform at the level they are currently at, some have been practicing since the winter for this moment to succeed.

“Determination is everything. I personally train all winter for golf season. Whether it is lifting weights or hip things so I can get stronger,” top senior golfer Ireland Dunne said.

Although the majority of the players are from the two separate schools, the team chemistry is cohesive.

“The girls are really nice and fun to talk to. They made me feel welcome and I’ve met a lot of girls I never would have met before. The only trouble is deciding what to call ourselves. Rights? Knams? We haven’t figured that one out yet,” junior golfer Rebecca Hesse said.

With the recent great performances and team chemistry, the athletes, coaches, and district as a whole are looking forward to see what the new program will bring to the community.