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Hawkins is the second girl from the Oswego East co-op golf program to do so, joining former teammate Kiana Krahulik who did so last year.
"It's cool to follow in her footsteps," Hawkins said. "It feels really good, it feels great."
Hawkins hit a bit of a rough patch to start her round Monday, bogeying the first two holes. She recovered with a birdie on the fourth. Solid drives and iron play helped the round come together nicely.
"After that it was an uphill climb," Hawkins said. "I was going into it with a positive attitude, to have fun. I knew it was a hard course, but I thought I should be fine."
She appears to be performing well at the right time.
Hawkins won Southwest Prairie Conference MVP honors, then led her team out of regionals.
"I've putting it all together; these four days are the most important of the year," Hawkins said. "I think I'm hitting the ball more consistently, I'm more mentally focused, I don't get angry out there."