WOODSTOCK – Jacobs' Roslyn Leitner and Dundee-Crown's Alyssa Trebat checked each other's scorecards and knew exactly where they stood going into the final hole at the J. Patrick Lawler Open on Thursday.
"We were going back and forth the entire round," said Leitner, who made par on the 17th at Crystal Woods Golf Club to get even with Trebat, the Day 1 leader by two shots after firing a 7-over-par 79 in the first round Wednesday.
"I was nervous, but I was confident."
Leitner's tee shot on the par-5 18th found the rough, but the Golden Eagles junior had a plan.
"I didn't have the best shot in the world, and I knew I couldn't get on the green where I was," Leitner said. "I knew the green was down the hill by the American flag, so I aimed it at the flag."
From there, Leitner got up and down, chipping within 2 feet of the cup and sinking a birdie putt to finish the second round with a 10-over-par 82 to win the girls senior division of the McHenry County Junior Golf Association tournament.
Leitner, playing in her first MCJGA tournament of the summer, ended with a two-day score of 163. Trebat, who made par on the 18th, posted a second-round 85 and finished one shot behind Leitner.
Jacobs junior Lauren Kempf (173) was third, McHenry junior Sarah Fergus (174) was fourth, and Prairie Ridge senior Morgan Taylor (177) was fifth.
Leitner shot 4 over on the back nine with birdies on the 10th and 18th. She said her drives were really working both days, and her short game has been consistently improving as the high school season nears.
Both days, Leitner had her own cheering section as her grandparents watched every shot.
"They’ve driven me here the last two days, and they’ve been so awesome," Leitner said. "I have the best grandparents in the world. It meant a lot for me to have them here."
Andrew Lydon won the boys senior division with a 162. After recording a tournament-best 6-over-par 78 on Day 1, the Marian Central senior carded an 84 on Thursday.
Woodstock senior Evan Bridges (170) was second and Cary-Grove junior Michael Greenhill (180) was third.
Lydon said the course was playing the same as Wednesday, just a little more windy. He made two birdies on the back nine, shooting even par on his final five holes after a rough start with seven bogeys on the front.
Lydon leads the boys senior division Player of the Year standings going into the last week of MCJGA play.
"It was just a tale of two nines," Lydon said. "The birdies got me going. I didn't play as well as I wanted to today, but getting a win on my home course feels good. I definitely wanted to win this one."
Prairie Ridge sophomore Eddie Winkelmann won the boys junior division with a 163. Crystal Lake South sophomore Spencer Shireman took second with a 169. Huntley sophomore Trevor Book (172) was third, Prairie Ridge sophomore Levi Wagner (176) was fourth, and three tied for fifth with 178s.
Winkelmann also won last year's Lawler Open.
"I just like the course a lot; I get to play a lot here," Winkelmann said. "I'm just really familiar with it. I wasn't missing the 4-footers like I was yesterday."
Shireman tied Lydon for the lowest round, posting a 78 on Thursday. He shot 91 on Day 1.
"I just had it dialed in today," Shireman said. "I came in swinging, and I had no aspirations to break 80. I was just trying not to shoot 91 again. I was getting hyped on the last couple of holes."
MCJGA J. Patrick Lawler Open
Crystal Woods, par 72
Boys Senior Division
1. Andrew Lydon, 78-84-162
2. Evan Bridges, 82-88-170
3. Michael Greenhill, 88-92-180
4. Alex Gilmore, 99-86-185
5. Gavin Rickerson, 94-93-187
6. Sant Birdi, 101-93-194
Girls Senior Division
1. Roslyn Leitner, 81-82-163
2. Alyssa Trebat, 79-85-164
3. Lauren Kempf, 86-87-173
4. Sarah Fergus, 89-85-174
5. Morgan Taylor, 89-88-177
6. Renata Petersen, 90-88-178
7. Sophia Pascente, 94-89-183
8. Lucca Kenyon 95-97-192
9. Gianna Farinella, 103-92-195
10. Danielle Lattanzio, 110-98-208
11. Kelly Anderson, 108-105-213
Boys Junior Division
1. Eddie Winkelmann, 82-81-163
2. Spencer Shireman, 91-78-169
3. Trevor Book, 86-86-172
4. Levi Wagner, 88-88-176
T5. Kevin Craig, 89-89-178
T5. Bayden Hubacher, 88-90-178
T5. Johnathan Vogt, 87-91-178
8. Ryan Frantik, 87-94-181
9. Evan VanderSande, 91-95-186
10. Dylan Turner, 96-92-188
11. Brandon Koester, 97-98-195
T12. Joseph Pokonosky, 106-102-208
T12. Dylan Yegge 111-97-208