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Golf: Coakley, Trebat capture McHenry County Junior Amateur titles

BULL VALLEY – Crystal Lake South's Griffin Coakley figured his best and only chance to chase down the top contenders at the McHenry County Junior Amateur on Thursday was lost after three-putting the second-to-last hole for par.

But a booming drive on the final hole of the two-day, 36-hole McHenry County Junior Golf Association tournament at Boone Creek set up the Gators senior nicely. Coakley's approach shot stopped about 5 feet from the cup before he sank his birdie attempt on the Creekside No. 9 green to capture the boys senior division title.

Coakley thought the others were ahead by a couple of strokes or more and was surprised at the final look of the leaderboard.

"I thought I had to hit one really tight to make birdie because I wasn't putting well all day," said Coakley, who ended with a two-day score of 161, shooting 10-over-par 80 in the second round.

"I wasn't really thinking about winning. I thought the other guys were way up on me."

Coakley won by one stroke, edging Woodstock senior Evan Bridges, who made a 25-foot birdie putt on the last hole to climb into second place. Bridges ended with a 80-82-162, while Day 1 leader Andrew Lydon finished third with a 79-83-162. Bridges won the scorecard playoff over Lydon, a senior at Marian Central, with a lower second-round score.

Coakley worked extra on his swing after the first round Wednesday, but "my putter just didn't show up today," he said. The McHenry County Junior Amateur was only his second MCJGA tournament this summer. He also has competed in six Illinois Junior Golf Association events.

"I putted really good (Wednesday), but everything else was bad," Coakley said. "I kind of fixed it on the range, so I thought I was going to play better today. I was just a little over the top, which was causing some inconsistencies. My swing I figured out today. It feels good to come back and win."

In the girls senior division, Dundee-Crown senior Alyssa Trebat finished with her second straight round in the 70s. Trebat had the lowest two-day total of any golfer and won by 11 shots with a 77-79-156. It was Trebat's third career round in the 70s. All three have come in the past month.

"I'm pretty surprised, actually," Trebat said. "My putting really wasn't where I wanted it to be, so I wasn't expecting to be in the 70s again. I'm really glad I pulled it off. It definitely gives me a lot of confidence, but I'm not going to think too much of it. I know there are going to be lots of ups and downs."

Prairie Ridge's Morgan Taylor made the biggest move of the day, jumping from seventh to second place with a score of 86-81-167. Her high school teammate, Sophia Pascente, was third with a 85-82-167. Both will be seniors in the fall.

In the boys junior division, Crystal Lake Central freshman Bayden Hubacher held onto his lead after the first round and ended with a 79-83-162. Huntley freshman Danny Sheedy (82-83-165) placed second, and Prairie Ridge freshman Levi Wagner (81-86-167) was third.

Hubacher said conditions at Boone Creek on Thursday made playing more difficult. With the victory, Hubacher takes over first place in the boys junior division points standings.

"I feel like I played better, but just with the wind and pin positions, it made it hard," Hubacher said. "It really does give me confidence when I see myself high [on the leaderboard]. I just want to keep improving."

In the girls junior division, Prairie Ridge freshman Elizabeth Tucker went from second to first place with a two-day, 18-hole score of 46-44-90. Johnsburg sophomore Ellie Johnson (50-44-94) was runner-up, and Madison Donovan (48-48-96), who attends McHenry Middle School, was third.

Tucker already has eight trophies from MCJGA events this summer, which can make things a bit cluttered around the house.

"I send some to my grandparents and family, and the others I just find room," Tucker said.

McHenry County Jr. Amateur

Boone Creek, par 70

Final results

Girls Senior Division

1. Alyssa Trebat, 77-79-156

2. Morgan Taylor, 86-81-167

3. Sophia Pascente, 85-82-167

T4. Lauren Kempf, 84-85-169

T4. Renata Petersen, 81-88-169

6 Lauren McNulty, 83-87-170

7. Nina Shaffer, 86-86-172

8. Nicole Gordus, 86-90-176

9. Sarah Fergus, 85-92-177

10. Danielle Lattanzio, 93-88-181

T11. Gianna Farinella, 89-97-186

T11. Emma Ackland, 102-94-196

13. Jennah Brookner, 100-104-204

Boys Senior Division

1. Griffin Coakley, 81-80-161

2. Evan Bridges, 80-82-162

3. Andrew Lydon, 79-83-162

4. Matt Szmajda, 82-82-164

5. Jack Roberts, 82-86-168

6. Jordan Craig, 90-80-170

7. Mason McCormick, 86-93-179

8. Alex Gilmore, 89-92-181

9. Mark Rohloff, 113-94-207

Girls Junior Division

1. Elizabeth Tucker, 46-44-90

2. Ellie Johnson, 50-44-94

3. Madison Donovan, 48-48-96

5. Kiana Pouyat, 42-55-97

6. Gracie Berthoud, 52-53-105

4. Pieper Fiegel, 60-61-121

Boys Junior Division

1. Bayden Hubacher, 79-83-162

2. Danny Sheedy, 82-83-165

3. Levi Wagner, 81-86-167

4. Kevin Craig, 85-86-171

T5. Johnathan Vogt, 86-86-172

T5. Spencer Shireman, 83-89-172

7. Trevor Book 88-85-173

8. Nikiel Karna, 86-91-177

9. Evan VanderSande, 89-89-178

10. Sam Huff, 91-88-179

11. Jake Russell, 90-94-184

12. Matthew Pinion, 99-97-196

13. Evan Bendis, 107-92-199

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