Class 1A

WHEN: Today and Saturday, play starts at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: Red Tail Run Golf Course, Decatur

Players to watch

Lauren Chappell, Sr., Charleston

The list has to start with the golfer with two state titles. Even in sectional, Chappell won by three strokes and was eight strokes ahead of third. There's an extra carrot this year with the Trojans seriously contending as a team.

Maddie Hurt, Sr., Elmhurst IC

And the list should follow up with last year's winner. Hurt distanced herself in sectionals as well with all-around solid play. That really shined last year at state with a two-bogey round.

Mackenzie Hahn, Sr., Richmond-Burton

She's had top-10 finishes the past two years, and was right with Chappell after the first day last season.

Jessica Slattery, Sr., Rockford Boylan

It's Slattery's first trip to state, but she's in contention as much as anyone here.

Millie Lawson, So., Massac County

Lawson showed just how good she can be in the first round at state her freshman year. She was sixth before finishing 19th in her first trip to Red Tail.

Natalie Hooper, So., Rockford Lutheran

Another sophomore with an impressive state debut last year (10th), Hooper shot a 74 in regionals to win by five.

Alaina Bowie, Fr., Champaign St. Thomas More

The freshman has played well under pressure so far in the postseason, shooting two 79s.

Area individuals

Alex Brummer, Sr., Effingham; Grace Miller, Jr., Meridian-Decatur Christian

Teams to watch

Charleston - It's never easy to pencil a golf team in for a medal, but the Trojans have shown a consistency that looks good enough for at least a top-three finish. A title run is certainly possible, especially if there are multiple scores in the low 80s behind Lauren Chappell.

Massac County - Three of the top four golfers graduated from last year's second place team, but Millie Lawson is back as a sophomore and leading a new group that has played about as well.

Nashville - The Hornets are back and looking for a state championship to go with one from 2013. Hope Rueter is the low shooter, but Nashville has a complete team 1 through 6.

Rockford Boylan - The Titans have battled with Lutheran throughout the postseason but came out on top in sectionals. That was in part because of Jessica Slattery, who fired a 75 to win sectionals by a couple of strokes.

Rockford Lutheran - After sending two qualifiers to state, including Natalie Hooper who tied for 10th as a freshman, Lutheran is bringing the whole team. The young team fields founds juniors, a sophomore and a freshman.

Other area team

Effingham St. Anthony - Abbie Schmidt, Sr.; Clare McHugh, So.; Ava Wegman, So.; Regan Koester, So.; Jessica Coffin, Fr.; Abby Repking, So.

Class 2A

WHEN: Today and Saturday, play starts at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: Hickory Point Golf Club, Decatur

Players to watch

Lauren Beaudreau, So., Lisle Benet Academy

This young phenom, who finished fourth at state last year as a freshman, posted an amazing round (67) despite windy conditions and a challenging golf course at the Lockport Sectional. It wasn't even close, winning by five strokes.

Jessica Lee, Sr., Hindsdale Central

She tied for runner-up last fall, and she's returning to state for the third time after having a strong round at Lockport as well with a 73

Megan Furtney, So., St. Charles North

Just like Beaudreau, she's another exceptionally young talent who finished in the top 5 at last year's state finals as a freshman.

Selina Zeng, Sr., Hinsdale Central

Zeng has just as much of a chance at the individual title as her teammate, Jessica Lee. She tied for sixth place last year at state.

Penelope Tir, So., Winnetka New Trier

This sophomore won her sectional at Buffalo Grove by a couple of strokes and tied with Zeng last year at sixth place.

Area individual

Kira Wolf, Fr., Mattoon

Teams to watch

Hinsdale Central - This one is a no-brainer. Hinsdale Central is more than poised for its third straight team title with a wave of senior heavyweights: Jessica Lee, Selina Zeng, Miranda Mocklow and Maria Harrast.

Winnetka New Trier - If there is any team that can really challenge Hinsdale Central, it's New Trier. New Trier easily won its sectional at Buffalo Grove by 10 strokes, led by Penelope Tir (71).

St. Charles North - St. Charles North won its sectional at Schaumburg. Megan Furtney, Kate Lillie and Emma Hayes lead the way.

Barrington - Barrington can certainly make a run with several gifted players: Reena Sulkar, Caroline Smith and Nicole Ciskowski.

Naperville North - Another North school from the Chicago suburbs, it was runner-up behind Hinsdale Central in its sectional. Lauren Nay and A.J. Barr make a strong duo.

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