A season of near perfection keeps getting better and better for the Fenwick girls' golf team. Following an impressive record of 7-1 in the Catholic League, the Friars will now return to the IHSA State finals this weekend to try and improve on last season's 15th place finish.
Fenwick finished second at the Neuqua Valley Sectional with a team score of 325 on Monday, edging out powerhouse Lyons Township for the first time in years. The team also went head-to-head with Catholic League foe Marian Catholic, who handed the Friars their only loss earlier in the season. Marian Catholic also finished with a score of 325, but was awarded the top spot due to individual scores.
"We are meeting all our goals," said Fenwick coach Joe Konrad. "We lost by 15 strokes to Marian Catholic earlier in the year, and this time around we played right with them."
Erin Sullivan led the Friars with a 77 on the par 71 Naperbrook Golf Course. Sophomore Lisa Joyce and senior Erin Kielty both posted 81s, while Eileen Sullivan finished with an 86 and Nicole Mentone a 90.
Fenwick will have an advantage over Marian Catholic going into Friday's first round at the hilly Stone Creek Golf Course downstate in Makanda. Five of the six golfers that qualified this season played the course last year in the State finals, finishing 15th overall with a team score of 772 on a cold and windy day.