Junior golf: Marian Central's Andrew Lydon leads Lawler Open on home course

Boys senior division leader opens with 78 on Hurricanes’ home course

WOODSTOCK – Andrew Lydon has spent countless hours at Crystal Woods Golf Club since he picked up the sport at a young age. When he isn't competing, the Marian Central senior likely can be found working on his game on the heavily wooded par-72 course off Route 47.

"I know [course owners Richard and Mary Ann Craig], and I know their sons pretty well. I've played out here since I was pretty young," Lydon said. "This is our home course for Marian, and I'm here almost every day after school. I know the course very well."

Lydon's knowledge of the course paid off Wednesday as one of two golfers to shoot in the 70s at the J. Patrick Lawler Open. Lydon recorded the low score of the first round with a 6-over-par 78 and leads the boys senior division of the McHenry County Junior Golf Association tournament.

Dundee-Crown senior Alyssa Trebat posted a 7-over 79 and leads the girls senior division.

"This is my home course, so it’s always good to go low here," said Lydon, who had a 38 on the front nine. "This is the best (score) of the summer so far. I play here so much, I almost expect to shoot below 80. But I'm still happy I did it."

Woodstock senior Evan Bridges (82) is in second and four strokes back of Lydon, and Cary-Grove junior Michael Greenhill (88) is in third. The two-day, 36-hole event concludes Thursday with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m.

Lydon posted two birdies in his round, on the par-5 fifth hole and the par-4 12th. Neither came from the green. No. 12 is considered one of the more difficult holes in McHenry County, MCJGA tournament director Mike Haase said.

Lydon birdied the 12th with a putt from the fringe, and he holed out on the fifth from 60 yards away.

"That got me going a bit," Lydon said.

Trebat leads the girls senior division by two strokes over Jacobs junior Roslyn Leitner (81). Leitner's high school teammate, junior Lauren Kempf, is in third with an 86, followed by Prairie Ridge senior Morgan Taylor (89) and McHenry junior Sarah Fergus (89).

Trebat had never shot in the 70s before this summer but has posted multiple rounds of 70s over the past two months.

"I feel pretty good right now," Trebat said. "I'm really excited for the high school season now more than ever, just because it's so close ... and I'm playing more consistently than I ever have."

Leitner had not played in an MCJGA event before Wednesday but has competed in many others, including Illinois Junior Golf Association and Mid-American Junior Golf Tour events.

"I feel like it was a good score," said Leitner, who advanced to sectionals in high school as a sophomore. "I was doing pretty well off the tees, and my short game has been working for me. I definitely want to start shooting in the 70s on average."

Prairie Ridge sophomore Eddie Winkelmann had an 82 and leads the boys junior division by four shots over Huntley sophomore Trevor Book (86). West Dundee's Johnathan Vogt and Algonquin's Ryan Frantik are tied for third with 87s.

"I was hitting a few good drives and reaching the fairways, but it wasn't my best day," Winkelmann said. "My chipping wasn't too bad, and I was able to get up and down a few times. I just want to be more accurate with my approach shots and put myself in better spots for birdies."

J. Patrick Lawler Open

First Round

Crystal Woods, par 72

Boys Senior Division

1. Andrew Lydon, 78

2. Evan Bridges, 82

3. Michael Greenhill, 88

4. Gavin Rickerson, 94

5. Alex Gilmore, 99

6. Sant Birdi, 101

Girls Senior Division

1. Alyssa Trebat, 79

2. Roslyn Leitner, 81

3. Lauren Kempf, 86

4. Sarah Fergus, 89

T4. Morgan Taylor, 89

6. Renata Petersen, 90

7. Sophia Pascent, 94

8. Lucca Kenyon 95

9. Gianna Farinella, 103

10. Kelly Anderson, 108

T10. Molly Baker, 108

12. Danielle Lattanzio, 110

Boys Junior Division

1. Eddie Winkelmann, 82

2. Trevor Book, 86

3. Ryan Frantik, 87

T3. Johnathan Vogt, 87

5. Bayden Hubacher, 88

T5. Levi Wagne, 88

7. Kevin Craig, 89

8. Spencer Shireman, 91 

T8. Evan VanderSande, 91

10. Dylan Turner, 96

11. Brandon Koester, 97

12. Joseph Pokonosky, 106

13. Dylan Yegge 111

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