McHenry girls golfers extend win streak

CARPENTERSVILLE – The McHenry girls golf team has been on a roll lately, and Madie Ogden helped continue the hot streak with a solid performance on an unfamiliar course.

The Warriors put their two-meet winning streak on the line Monday when they traveled to Bonnie Dundee to take on Dundee-Crown in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division meet and left with another win in a 204-215 victory.

The Warriors pushed their winning streak to three behind a strong round from Ogden, who shot 13-over-par 48 to earn medalist honors.

The win continues a nice stretch for the Warriors, who have put together a solid season, one that began with doubt because of the lack of experience on the team. But as the season progressed, McHenry coach Sean Sterner began to see what his young team was capable of.

“We usually have three freshmen who are able to get up there and score for us,” Sterner said. “Madie had a great round today.”

Ogden, a freshman, had not played at Bonnie Dundee before and said it took awhile to get used to how the course played, but after a few holes she figured out the speed of the greens and where to hit her drives, and the rest came naturally.

“My drives were pretty straight today, but I didn’t hit them as far as I normally do,” Ogden said. “My wedge was working today, and I was able to finish a couple of holes pretty strong, but it was tough because the greens were pretty fast.”

On No. 18, Ogden fired a long, straight drive to the middle of the fairway. After her second shot landed to the right of the green, she chipped on and two-putted for par. It was an important hole for her, and the Warriors.

McHenry held off the Chargers with four solid scores. Playing in the top group, Kailey Lindholm, a freshman, and Lok Yan Fick carded 50s, while Abby Ross turned in a 56. 

Kylie Kost and Margaret Ahern each carded 49s for the Chargers, while Morgan Howe (56) and Madeline Hunsberger (61) rounded out the scoring in the loss.

D-C coach Robin Jeffers was happy with the way her team performed, especially with the two top scores. Jeffers has looked at this year as an important one for the growth of the team and is excited to see different players contributing each meet.

“It’s important for a lot of these girls to be able to play at this level,” Jeffers said. “I’m really happy with the scores. We’re a young team, and it’s good for the girls to be able to play and have this experience.”

For the Warriors, the recent winning streak has given the team some confidence ahead of the Fox Valley Conference tournament Oct. 2. Sterner has noticed that the girls have been having a lot of fun while playing, which has helped relieve some pressure.

“We probably have the most fun out of any team,” Sterner said. “It created a nice atmosphere for these girls to play in, and you can see it in their play.”