Golf

Junior golf: Cary-Grove's Molly Lyne finishes 2nd at Chick Evans Junior Amateur

After playing 43 holes at the Chick Evans Junior Amateur at Itasca Country Club on Thursday, Crystal Lake Central co-op's Molly Lyne said she was just looking forward to a little down time.

Lyne, who will be a junior at Cary-Grove, certainly deserves it.

After defeating Buffalo Grove's Emily Duan in 20 holes in her semifinal match in the morning, Lyne and Wheeling senior Adrienne Rohwedder needed 23 holes before a winner was finally decided.

After halving the previous four holes, Rohwedder outlasted Lyne on the 23rd hole – the par-5, 609-yard No. 5 – with a birdie putt from inside 3 feet. Lyne's birdie chance from about 15 feet lipped out, ending the marathon match.

Lyne, who placed third at state as a freshman and tied for 12th last year, played 31 holes in match play on Wednesday. Her semifinal match on Thursday started at 7:07 a.m.

In the championship, Lyne had 19 pars and four bogeys.

"I was very tired," Lyne said. "My legs were really hurting. Mentally I was fine. But I knew if we had to keep going, I was going to run out of gas eventually. I've known (Rohwedder) for seven years. We're really good friends. It was a lot of fun."

When the tournament started Monday, Lyne was one of 32 girls golfers hoping to advance to match play. Golfers first played two rounds of stroke play before the field was cut to 16. Lyne posted rounds of 77 and 76 to move on.

In her first two matches, Lyne defeated St. Charles' Riley Sullivan, 5 and 3, and St. Charles' Katelyn David, 4 and 2.

Lyne was 1-up against Rohwedder entering the 18th hole, but a bad drive put her in a difficult position to recover, she said. She ended up bogeying the hole, while Rohwedder made par to force extra holes.

"I'm definitely proud with how I played," Lyne said. "I'm glad I didn't get beat right away and I'm glad it lasted that long. My swing right now is where I want it to be and lately, I’ve been playing really well.

"It’s just another positive I can take away as I look forward to the high school season, working hard to get my game even sharper."

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