The Oak Park and River Forest High School girls golf team claimed the St. Ignatius Regional title to earn a sectional berth. The fact that the Huskies topped rival Fenwick for the regional championship made the accomplishment even sweeter.

Junior Amanda Youman led OPRF with an 86, while senior teammates Nicole Gagliardo (90), Elaine Houha (94) and Sophie Mouros (95) also posted solid scores. Sophomores Katie Latham and Paige Mosher carded a 99 and 104, respectively, to round out the OPRF lineup.

Fenwick finished second and also advanced to sectional play this week, thanks in part to the superb play of freshman Stephanie Mroz.

Mroz, the East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year, shot an 83 to finish second in the individual scoring at St. Ignatius behind medalist/fellow freshman Myah Jackson of (Chicago) Jones who shot 81. Mroz even made a hole-in-one during the ESCC tournament.

Other golfers who powered the Friars’ strong regional showing included Frankie Bell (93), Amy Kucera (95), Mae Lattner (102), Meredith Kisla (107) and Katie Rodden (113).

Trinity finished fourth in the regional with a score of 424. Senior Liz O’Reilly (96) and freshman Abby Freel (108) made the cut to advance as individuals for sectionals.

Fenwick, OPRF boys golf teams also sectional-bound

Fenwick earned second place behind Whitney Young at the St. Ignatius Regional in the Class 3A playoffs. The Dolphins squeaked by the Friars, 316-320, to win the regional championship. Fenwick boasts a bevy of talented young golfers who made their mark in regional play. Sophomore Jack Mortell scored a team-best 73 for Fenwick, followed by juniors Ben Kisla and Christian Early, who shot 80 and 81, respectively. Freshman Billy Bruce carded an 86 and sophomore Cole Fisher posted an 88. Junior Luke Cahill finished with a 95 for the Friars.

OPRF advanced to sectional play as well with a solid third-place showing at the Notre Dame Regional. Led by medalist Robert Garmoe (69), Prospect won the title with a team total of 299, followed by the host Dons (322) who nipped the Huskies by two strokes (324). Chris Bell and Johnny Sullivan shared the lowest score for OPRF at 79, while juniors Teddy Economos and Kyle Warbinton each carded an 83. Joe Werner (87) and Tyler Swanson (89) also contributed for the Huskies.

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