LAKEWOOD – When Emily Jean finished her ninth and final hole at Wednesday’s Red Tail Open, she wasn’t as content as she had hoped.
“I feel that I could have done a lot better,” the Cary-Grove junior said.
But Jean’s play spoke for itself at the end of the tournament as she placed first in the Senior Girls Division with a score of 42.
“I feel like, this year, I’m much more consistent,” she said. “Even if I feel I didn’t do well, the score still ended up pretty good.”
Jean entered the tournament with newfound confidence that she lacked when she played it last year. A year ago, she won with a 47 in the Junior Girls Division.
“I felt pretty good,” she said. “I was pretty confident plus I’ve been doing pretty well in the last couple of tournaments.”
Jean’s victory continued her streak of consistent play, which includes a third-place finish at last week’s GCI Open, where she also shot a 42.
“I feel a lot more confident when I’m consistent,” she said.
Jean edged out Huntley’s Gillian Young and Crystal Lake South’s Bailey Bostler, who both finished at 43. In the Girls Junior Division, Sophia Archos (50) placed first ahead of Lauren Kalamaras (54), Maddie Ogden (56), and Hannah Ogden (77).
Ben Melms (76) won the 30-person Junior Boys Division by a stroke over Ryan Wick.
In the Senior Boys Division, Matt Haussmann’s day-low 75 earned him the first-place trophy.
“[I made] a couple mistakes, but nothing big,” Haussmann said.
Jack Ramsett and Ethan Farnam finished second and third, respectively, with 76 strokes apiece. Huntley’s Brad Spoeth, who placed first and second in the McHenry County Junior Golf Association’s first two golf tournaments of the summer, finished fifteenth (83).
“I struggled a little today,” Spoeth said. “I got unlucky with the bunkers.”
Spoeth, however, feels that his play today won’t faze him heading into the next week of tournaments.
“All year, I’ve been hitting the ball really solid,” the senior said. “Pinecrest is my home course, [and] I’ve won there two years in a row, so hopefully I can keep that going.”