Barrington relishes the 1st state title; Janess rehearses as champion

After leaving Hickory Point Golf Course with the second place trophy for four consecutive years, the Barrington Women’s Golf Team got the gear they really wanted this time around.

The Mid-Suburban League champions left Decatur on Saturday with the State Championship Class 2A, the first in program history, and they did so with a record-breaking score of 595 over runner-up Stevenson (610) and Loyola (612). ).

They also left the state tournament course with the individual champion as senior Mara Janess (71-70-141) won her second straight title (there was no tournament in 2020 due to COVID -19) by 3 hits on her classmate Sophia Sulkar (74 -71-145) and Mia Nativad of Yorkville (70-75-145).

“It’s amazing,” said Janess, a Michigan rookie who birdie, birdie, eagle on holes 9, 10 and 11 to trigger his second round of 2 under par 70. “It just proves that all the hard work pays off. But just being surrounded by good teammates, great coaches certainly helps. This has been quite the race at Barrington and it is certainly a great way to end it . “

When Stevenson edged Barrington 601-600 for the 2019 crown, it was the previous lowest scores in a women’s state tournament.

“We really set a goal early in the season,” added Janess. “We all knew we had the ability to do it as a team. All six of them worked really hard. I completely believe we all deserved this. If we had to do it, it was the team.”

Second-year fillies Leah Gaidos (78-77-155) and junior Simran Singh (77-78-155) are tied for 28th.

“We are thrilled,” said third-year coach Tim Martin. “It kind of crowns all of our hard work for so long. Holding this trophy I had to think of Jodi Schoeck (retired Barrington Hall of Fame coach) texting me all weekend. Our success is built on its foundation in building this program for all of its 31 years. And for us to do it today, with Mara winning the championship and Sophia taking second, with the team scoring the lowest in the league. The story of the event kind of culminates all the hard work that Jodi and all the great players put into it. It’s awesome. “

And the Fillies did it with four new players who had never played in the state (Gaidos, Singh, Bridget Butler and Sydney Terada).

“We’ve always lost to great teams, and four different ones,” said Martin. “This team was just determined to take the trophy. They never considered the four seconds to be negative. It’s so hard to get that second place trophy for all of these teams, and now we had four players. who had never played at the state. They told me they were going to break that second-place streak, and they did. “

And they were ruled by a two-time state champion.

“Mara was in charge the entire tournament,” said Martin. “Her # 1 goal was to help the fillies secure their first state title and of course she also intended to repeat as an individual state champion. And today she was locked up. She knew what she had to do. She was in the last group and we liked it because it showed us what she had to do to win. After her birdie, birdie and eagle run, she took control of the tournament. And she handled it with such class and skill. Mara played a flawless tournament. “

Martin said the championship was for the Barrington community, parents and all the great players of the past like Caroline Smith, who helped lead the charge for the four second places.

“Mara and Sophia, our two seniors, led this year’s team,” added Martin. “They kind of showed new players what it takes to win and they spoke on the course.”

For the Fillies to win, they had to bounce off a Stevenson team in charge who rallied Friday’s 6-stroke deficit to equalize Barrington early on Saturday.

“Stevenson did all the hits,” said Martin. “I think our girls saw it and they were really determined not to finish second again. They flipped the switch and had a great race against a great Stevenson team.

“Stevenson played really well. Their coach Emma Deegan did a great job. They tied us up and then our daughters showed real resilience and courage. Leah was so disjointed and Simran played the best golf in the world. her life. She was the glue that held us together this weekend. And our two sophomores (Butler and Terada) have had amazing seasons. “

Deegan’s top scorer was junior Allie Santos (75-73-148), who tied for seventh. Rookie Allysan Duan finished tied for 17th (72-79-151). Patriots second-year Chelsea She (77-79-156) and senior Emily Duan (79-77) finished tied for 31st with a score of 156.

“Being down 6 knocks is a tough hill to climb, especially with a group of girls who have never experienced the State Tournament,” Deegan said. “We did our best and it just wasn’t good enough to beat the Barrington team today. That they finally get a championship, good for them. They played really well and it didn’t. it just wasn’t our time.

“These girls worked really hard. I give them a lot of credit for working as long as us. We fought over the top nine (Saturday) and struggled on a few holes on that nine and that was our disappearance.

“Other than that you can’t complain about finishing second in this condition with the caliber of golf being played right now. I’m super proud of them. I’m happy and blessed to be their coach.”

The other best individual performances were Lexi Schulman of Vernon Hills tied for 14th (78-72-150), Sarah Sim of Fremd (80-79-159) and Zadie Zorrilla of Conant (82-77-159) for the 38th, Megan Lee of Stevenson (78-84-162), tied for the 50th and Kate Riesing of Prospect (tied for the 79th).

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