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Golf: Trebat shoots personal best to grab lead at McHenry County Junior Amateur

BULL VALLEY – Alyssa Trebat guesses that she's played between 30 and 40 rounds of golf this summer. So when the Dundee-Crown senior got off to a rough start at the McHenry County Junior Amateur at Boone Creek Golf Club on Wednesday, she knew she had plenty of chances to recover.

"I’m at the course almost every single day," Trebat said. "It's exhausting, but it's a lot of fun."

Trebat triple bogeyed the first hole on the Creekside nine, but went on to par the next seven on her way to a career day, firing a personal-best 7-over-par 77 in the first round of the two-day, 36-hole McHenry County Junior Golf Association tournament.

"After the first hole, I said, 'OK. Just play it safe, and you'll be fine,'" Trebat said. "I was just trying to keep it in the fairway as much as I could. I was playing in a really good group, too, so that helped a lot with my confidence. We kept things positive all day."

Trebat said her previous best round entering the summer was an 88. She's made the most out of her summer time by playing in as many MCJGA events possible and currently leads the girls senior division points standings, tied with Jacobs junior Lauren Kempf.

Crystal Lake Central sophomore Renata Petersen (81) is four strokes back of Trebat, and Marian Central sophomore Lauren McNulty (83) is third going into the second and final round.

Trebat missed advancing to sectionals by one stroke last year during the high school golf season and said that motivated her to work on her game this summer – practicing every day.

Trebat said she expected to shoot in the low 80s on Wednesday and was surprised by her final – and career-best – score.

"It feels really good," Trebat said. "I've put in a lot of hard work this summer. I feel like I can actually be competitive now, so I’m really excited for the high school season to see how I do. I really want to go to state this year.

"I really want to play in a competitive golf school, so I think that's really been my motivation, getting college coaches to notice me."

Trebat's 77 was the lowest score of the day for boys or girls. Marian Central senior Andrew Lydon shot a 79 and leads the boys senior division after the first day, and Crystal Lake Central freshman Bayden Hubacher also carded a 79 and leads the boys junior division.

Lydon tied his personal-best score at Boone Creek and is hoping to top it in the final round. On Wednesday, Lydon alternated birdie and bogey marks on the first four holes before settling into a groove.

"That was a little stressful," Lydon joked of his start. "My chipping was great today. I didn’t give myself any long putts."

Woodstock senior Evan Bridges is one stroke behind Lydon with an 80, while Crystal Lake South senior Griffin Coakley is in third with an 81.

Bridges also plays basketball and is the Blue Streaks' all-time leading 3-point scorer. With summer camps, he hasn't been able to get out to the golf course until recently.

"For one of my first rounds, I'm happy with my score," Bridges said. "The greens are really nice. They're pretty quick out here."

Hubacher is currently in third place in the boys junior points standings, but can take the lead by winning the tournament. Levi Wagner shot an 80 on Wednesday, and Danny Sheedy carded an 81. Two golfers are tied for fourth with 82s.

"I'm pretty happy with it, but feel I can have done a lot better," said Hubacher, who has a personal-best score of 77 at Boone Creek. "I wasn't really nailing my iron shots or hitting my drives as good as I would have liked. Anything under 80 tomorrow would be good to keep it going."

North Barrington's Kiana Pouyat carded a 42 and currently leads the girls junior division, which plays 18 holes in two days.

McHenry County Jr. Amateur

First round

Boone Creek, par 70

Girls Senior Division

1. Alyssa Trebat, 77

2. Renata Petersen, 81

3. Lauren McNulty, 83

4. Lauren Kempf, 84

T5. Sarah Fergus, 85

T5. Sophia Pascente, 85

T7. Nicole Gordus, 86

T7. Nina Shaffer, 86

T7. Morgan Taylor, 86

10. Gianna Farinella, 89

11. Danielle Lattanzio, 93

12. Jennah Brookner, 100

13. Emma Ackland, 102

Boys Senior Division

1. Andrew Lydon, 79

2. Evan Bridges, 80

3. Griffin Coakley, 81

T4. Jack Roberts, 82

T4. Matt Szmajda, 82

6. Mason McCormick, 86

7. Alex Gilmore, 89

8. Jordan Craig, 90

9. Mark Rohloff, 113

Girls Junior Division

1. Kiana Pouyat, 42

2. Elizabeth Tucker, 46

3. Madison Donovan, 48

4. Ellie Johnson, 50

5. Gracie Berthoud, 52

6. Pieper Fiegel, 60

Boys Junior Division

1. Bayden Hubacher, 79

2. Levi Wagner, 81

3. Danny Sheedy, 82

4. Spencer Shireman, 83

5. Kevin Craig, 85

T6. Jonathan Vogt, 86

T6. Nikiel Karna, 86

8. Trevor Book 88

9. Evan VanderSande, 89

10. Jake Russell, 90

11. Sam Huff, 91

12. Matthew Pinion, 99

13. Evan Bendis, 107

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