St. Charles N. wins Upstate Eight River via Gianna Furrie, Kate Lillie

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St. Charles North dominated the regular season in the Upstate Eight River, so it was only fitting that the North Stars completed their coronation at Monday’s conference meet at St. Andrews in West Chicago.

North shot a 330 to win the meet and finish off a perfect UEC River run. Gianna Furrie shot a 76 and Kate Lillie a 79 in finishing first and second, respectively, in the all-conference standings.

“It has been a really great season,” first-year North coach Irish Whalen said. “They’ve played strong the whole time. That’s what you want. We have all the postseason stuff coming up. This still matters. We have to come in and shoot the numbers we have all year. I am happy with their focus. They’ve been competitors. They don’t care who it is or where it is, they’re going to come out and play golf.”

Furrie and Lillie have been close to one another in scores all season, and Monday was no different. Furrie came out on top with a 76, which was the best score of the day in the River Division.

“My drives were really good all day,” Furrie said. “Putting was not my best. The pin placements were a little difficult. I just couldn’t get them to fall. It’s cool because (Lillie and I) know each other’s potential. To have that competition, but still be pretty close, is really nice.”

Gabi Spinazze shot an 84 for North, while Kayla Janchick came up with a 91 out of the sixth spot in the lineup.

Batavia entered the meet in third place, but the Bulldogs put together their best 18-hole round of the season — a 343 — to finish in a second-place tie with Geneva in the season standings. The Vikings shot a 346.

“The great thing about that is that Geneva beat us in the regular season,” Batavia coach Tim Kauffmann said. “It makes me feel good that we came back when it matters and played to our potential.”

Becca Hasemann and Emily Clark each shot 82s to lead Batavia. Clark, who normally shoots in the 90s, put together her best round of the season. Lauren Anderson (89) and Madi McCoy (90) rounded out Batavia’s scoring.

Geneva was led by Nicole Hassels, who shot an 81. Mary Claire Novak added an 85 out of the fifth spot and Reilly Krohe shot an 89.

St. Charles East shot a 356, led by an 82 at the top of the card from Rose Bundy. Karina Shah shot an 89 and Kacie Gaffney shot a 90.

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