GENOA – Genoa-Kingston golfer Emily Wakeley didn’t think Monday’s round of golf in the Class A Genoa-Kingston Sectional at the Oak Club of Genoa was her best.
In a sense, it turned out to be the best round of golf that any G-K girls golfer ever has played, because Wakeley’s score of 96 on the cold and windy day made her the first girls golfer in G-K history to qualify for the state meet.
“It was overwhelming. I didn’t really play my best,” Wakeley said. “The weather was a factor. Lots of layers made it harder to swing.”
Heading into the day, the Cogs thought they’d have an advantage playing on their home course.
“I thought it would be an easy round of golf,” Wakeley said.
But strong winds changed everything, and Wakeley didn’t think the Cogs had much of an advantage.
Early on, her game wasn’t going how she thought it would.
The senior shot a 49 on the front nine, and she felt like qualifying for the state meet was out of the picture despite a birdie on the eighth hole.
Wakeley thought her short game would be her calling card this week because three weeks ago, after she injured her knee, she worked solely on putting and chipping for a week. But even that wasn’t going her way.
“My short game wasn’t as good as it has been,” Wakeley said. “I left some chips short, some putts short.”
After finishing with a 47 on the back nine, Wakeley realized she had a chance at state when she saw that other golfer had higher scores than expected.
As a team, the Cogs weren’t quite able to cash in on their home-course advantage. After finishing second a week ago at a regional meet with a score of 81, Andrea Strohmaier shot 108. Katie Thurlby finished second on the team with a 102, and the Cogs finished fifth with a score of 424, missing qualifying for the state meet as a team by 12 shots.
Hinckley-Big Rock junior Caitlyn Fecht shot a 115 and Indian Creek senior Virginia Filicetti shot a 100, missing the individual cut by four shots.
But Wakely was able to overcome bad weather and some rough holes to accomplish something that no other G-K girl ever has done. She’ll compete at the state meet Friday and Saturday at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur.
“I thought I would be near the cut,” Wakeley said. “Considering the weather, I thought I did well.
CLASS AA BURLINGTON CENTRAL SECTIONAL
Hudon misses state: Sycamore junior Carly Hudon missed the cut for the state meet by two shots at the Class AA Burlington Central Sectional at Randall Oaks Golf Course.
Hudon shot 88, missing out on a playoff by two shots. It’s the second straight year Hudon barely missed state after qualifying as a freshman.
“She had one really bad hole today that kind of cost her,” Sycamore coach Dave Burdick said. “She had a nine on a hole today.”
• Ross Jacobson contributed to this article