Crystal Lake Central co-op junior Molly Lyne made it a perfect 3 for 3 in state appearances in the fall, finishing in a tie for 15th at the Class 2A girls golf state tournament at Hickory Point in Forsyth.
Lyne, who tied for 12th last season and placed third as a freshman in 2016, posted a 9-over-par 153 in the two-day meet, shooting a 76 in the first round and ending her junior year with a 77 on Day 2.
The Cary-Grove junior won the Fox Valley Conference individual title with an even-par 72, took runner-up at the McHenry County Tournament, placed second at regionals with a 76 and tied for sixth at sectionals with a 76.
With Lyne leading the way, the Tigers captured their sixth consecutive conference title and ninth straight county championship.
Lyne, who recently committed to Louisville, repeats as Northwest Herald Girls Golfer of the Year, chosen by the sports staff with input from area coaches. The Tigers’ No. 1 golfer joins Richmond-Burton’s Mackenzie Hahn as the latest two-time winner. Hahn won in 2015 and 2016.
Lyne recently spoke with sports writer Alex Kantecki about her proudest sports moment, her favorite thing about golf, what she will remember most about her junior season, and more.
What is a sport you are bad at?
Lyne: Soccer. When I play it in gym, I’m always the worst player.
What is the coolest place you’ve ever been?
Lyne: I’ve never been outside of the country, so Florida.
You just won a million dollars. What is the first thing you would buy?
Lyne: A mansion on a golf course.
Who is your favorite professional athlete?
Lyne: Tiger Woods at the moment, because of the comeback.
What is your favorite class in high school?
If you could change one thing about golf, what would it be?
Lyne: There are too many rules. I think if it was more simple, a lot more people would try it.
What are three of your favorite Christmas movies?
Lyne: “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Polar Express.”
What type of music are you into?
Lyne: It’s kind of a mix. I’ll listen to anything, but usually pop or rap.
Do you have any nicknames?
Lyne: I do have a lot of nicknames, but one of the most used is “Mol.” Everybody calls me that.
What is something your family or team wouldn’t know about you?
Lyne: I think everybody knows most things about me.
What is the funniest thing that happened to you in competition this season?
Lyne: I guess it wasn’t funny, it was kind of cruel, but hole No. 11 at Turnberry (Country Club) at regionals, almost nobody could make it in the hole. Once they did, they could have got a 10, but they were thrilled with themselves to get out.
Do you have any rituals or superstitions?
Lyne: I kind of change it up every time. I don’t have a specific routine or anything.
What would be your superhero power?
Lyne: To read minds.
Who is the most famous person you have taken a picture with?
Lyne: (PGA golfer) Nick Watney.
Have you ever had a hole-in-one?
Lyne: I have not, but I’ve come close multiple times.
What will you remember most about this season?
Lyne: The amount of people that joined the team this year. It was a completely different team, and I met a lot of new people.
What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Lyne: I’m a big fan of roller coasters, so going on the Giant Drop at Six Flags (Great America).
What is your proudest sports moment?
Lyne: Going to state with a teammate [senior Kat Bevill].
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
Lyne: One year I got a new set of golf clubs that I still use.
What is your favorite thing about golf?
Lyne: It’s not like any other sport. It’s different every time you play. You can play it on different courses, and you’ll never hit the same shot. You can’t say the same about a lot of other sports.
If you could hop in the DeLorean with Doc Brown and Marty McFly, what athletic contest would you want to see?
Lyne: The (1988) NBA Slam Dunk Contest where Michael Jordan dunked it from the free-throw line.
What is the last really good movie you saw in a theater?
Lyne: I really like “The Maze Runner” series. I really liked “Maze Runner: The Death Cure.”
Which one of your teammates inspires you?
Lyne: I have two. Kat Bevill, because of her high energy, enthusiasm and personality. And (sophomore) Renata Petersen, because of her determination and work ethic.