DECATUR — Mattoon's Kira Wolf played 1-under par on her final eight holes on Saturday — a testament to her perseverance.
Because it would have been easy for the round get away from her after she started with four double bogeys and two bogeys on the first eight holes of her final round of the IHSA Class 2A State Girls Golf Tournament.
"I wasn't very in the game," Wolf said. "I had a lot of mis-hits and I wasn't getting up and down for par. I just kept adding big numbers.
"I finally got focused when I got on the back nine and started figuring out where I went wrong and correcting it."
But even with the strong finish, Wolf went home frustrated. She was tied for sixth after the first round of the tournament, held at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur, but her 79 in the second round gave her a two-day score of 151 and a tie for 19th — her worst finish of her three years playing at state.
"I was happy that I fought back, but there's a lot of frustration and disappointment," said Wolf, who was sixth as a freshman and 14th last year. "All in all, I wasn't happy with the round."
Lisle Benet Academy's Lauren Beaudreau held on to her first-round lead — barely — to take home the state title. Beaudreau took a four-stroke lead after a first-round 67, but New Lenox Lincoln-Way Central's Brianne Bolden shot a 67 of her own on Saturday, though she fell a stroke short and finished second. St Charles North's Megan Furtney took third and defending champion Penelope Tir of Winnetka New Trier took fourth.
Furtney helped lead St. Charles North to the team title — by six strokes over Barrington.
Wegman takes 12th
Effingham St. Anthony's Ava Wegman shot a second-round 77 to go from a tie for 20th in the Class 1A state tournament on Friday to finish just outside of the top 10 — tied for 12th with a two-day score of 158 at Decatur's Red Tail Run Golf Club.
Wegman finished 12 strokes behind state champion Dani Grace Schrock, a freshman from Pontiac. Macomb's Emma Thorman was second (147) and Eureka freshman Allison Pacocha was third (148), tying with Pontiac senior Ali Schrock — the older sister of Dani Grace.
Bloomington Central Catholic was the team champion in Class 1A, beating Metropolis Massac County by seven strokes.
Effignham's Ava Boehm tied for 23rd (164).