OPRF golfers (left to right) Amanda Youman, Emma Youman, Mason Rose, Lauren Hanson, Mia Shapiro and Elaine Houha pose for a photo after winning the St. Ignatius Regional.

The OPRF girls golf team made history on Oct. 3 by winning the St. Ignatius Regional title at Cog Hill. The Huskies became the first OPRF girls golf team to ever win a regional in the program’s history.

Freshman Amanda Youman led the way for the Huskies by carding an 85. Other top scorers for OPRF included Lauren Hanson (90), Emma Youman (95) and Mason Rose (97). The team finished with a 367, 11 strokes better than second place finisher and cross-town rival Fenwick.  The Friars were led by senior Liz Mavrogenes, who finished just 5-over on the day with a 76 to medal.

Fenwick was also led by Angelica Fuentes (98), Frankie Bell (101), Meredith Green (103) Meghan Finucane (106) and Caroline Green (112).

Other finishers for OPRF included Mia Shapiro (104) and Elaine Houha (106).

Along with winning the regional title this season, the Huskies took first in the Silver Division of the Celtic Swing Tournament and the Huskie Invitational. They finished third in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference, a mark that required head coach Pete Hostrawser to shave his head.

“There was a change of focus in the middle of the year,” said Hostrawser. “I had a serious chat with the whole team and redirected them to compete at a higher level on the course. I threw out a challenge to the girls and they ran with it. The team refocused their efforts on the course and worked hard in practice.”

Both the Huskies and the Friars move on to compete in the Marian Sectional to be held at Coyote Run Golf Course in Homewood on Oct. 8. Hostrawser said he’s hoping to have two or three of his players qualify for state, but either way he’s pleased with the season.  

“Any time this team accomplishes more than the previous team, that is a successful year in my mind,” he said. “The girls have put in hard work and their scores reflect improvement. Beyond the trophies and championships, these young women are experiencing mental toughness. They are learning to handle themselves under immense amounts of pressure. That is a life skill that will help them in their lives wherever they go. This is a character building sport and this year’s team has made tremendous achievement in that area.”

This marks the sixth season that OPRF has formed an all girls team in golf. 

OPRF boys golf

Pat Murphy and Jon Walsh posted solid scores for the Huskies at the Glenbrook South Regional. Murphy carded a 77, while Walsh finished with an 83 at Glenview Park Golf Club.

As a team, the Huskies finished fifth overall with a 336, missing qualifying for sectionals.

Fenwick boys golf

Owen Blakely led the Friars at the Glenbrook Regional by posting an 83. Fenwick finished seventh overall with a total score of 337.

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...

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