LAKEWOOD – Crystal Lake Central co-op's Molly Lyne had never seen the wind whip and whirl as bad as it did Wednesday at Turnberry during the Class 2A Crystal Lake Central Regional.
But not even the blustery and often-times cruel conditions on the par-71 course could stop the Tigers from making yet another sectional appearance.
For the ninth year in a row, Central co-op will bring its entire team to Monday's Huntley Sectional at Blackstone in Marengo.
Behind Lyne's 5-over-par 76, the Tigers placed second with a team score of 362. St. Charles North won by 47 shots with a 315, and Geneva took the third and final qualifying spot with a 370.
St. Charles North senior Megan Furtney, a Duke commit, took medalist honors with an even-par 71. The North Stars had three of the top five scores overall. Lyne's 76 was good for second.
"On the front nine I putted really well, but the back nine was an entirely different story," said Lyne, who had one birdie in her round and was even through 11 holes. "The wind really picked up, and it was hard to judge distance. I've never played in this much wind in my life before.
"No matter how low you hit it, it would still get killed, so you couldn't get it to the greens."
Rounding out the scoring for Central co-op were senior Kat Bevill with an 83, sophomore Renata Petersen with an 89, and sophomore Abby Rubsam with a 114.
Bevill, a four-time sectional qualifier, was nervous that the team would not make it through with higher scores than normal, but assistant coach Kaitlyn Czerwonka helped calm the team down, she said.
"Today, the course was wet, it was windy, and No. 11 was ... wow," said Bevill, who had a bogey on the par-3 11th that had many golfer taking three- or four-putts in the conditions. "We all grinded, and we all did what we needed to do. We knew coming in that there is good competition, and we know going into sectionals that there is more good competition, but I have full faith in us."
Tigers coach Kyle McCaughn was proud of his team for battling in the tough conditions.
"These kids look back and they know (the sectional streak), and they want to uphold the tradition," McCaughn said. "It's been just a great atmosphere to be in and be able to coach."
Huntley junior Katie Matustik (91) was one of 10 golfers not on St. Charles North, Central co-op or Geneva to advance to Monday's Huntley Sectional. She will make her second appearance, along with Jacobs junior Roslyn Leitner (95).
"Last year I didn't advance, so my only real goal was to qualify for sectionals," said Matustik, who qualified as a freshman. "In these conditions, I was just trying not to think about it, but they were pretty bad. There were some holes, like No. 11, where the pin placement was awful, but I pushed through. It was entertaining."
Dundee-Crown senior Alyssa Trebat (92), Jacobs junior Lauren Kempf (95) and Hampshire junior Delaney Marcuccilli (96) also made it through to Monday's sectional. All three are going for the first time.
Trebat missed by a shot as a junior.
"It was very stressful," Trebat said. "I had a couple of blowup holes. I got a 9 on a hole, a 7 on a par-3, but I was just pushing through it. I feel like I could have done better, but that's typical. I'm pretty proud of it, considering the conditions. My goal all season has been to make sectionals, so that means a lot."
STAR OF THE MEET
Molly Lyne, Crystal Lake Central co-op, jr.
The Cary-Grove junior was runner-up with a 5-over-par 76, leading the Tigers to sectionals for the ninth straight year.
47: St. Charles North won the regional title by 47 shots over Central co-op
AND ANOTHER THING ...
Jacobs' Roslyn Leitner and Huntley's Katie Matustik will make their second sectional appearances. Earning their first bids were Dundee-Crown's Alyssa Trebat, Jacobs' Lauren Kempf and Hampshire's Delaney Marcuccilli.