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Girls Golf: Alijah Campbell leads Sandwich to second at I-8 meet; Plano fourth

Sandwich's Alijah Campbell watches her drive from the 2nd tee during the Girls Interstate 8 Conference Championships at the Sycamore Golf Club on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Sycamore.
Sandwich's Alijah Campbell watches her drive from the 2nd tee during the Girls Interstate 8 Conference Championships at the Sycamore Golf Club on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Sycamore.

SYCAMORE — After a long day of battling tough course conditions and cold temperatures, the Kaneland Knights were crowned champions at Tuesday's Interstate Eight Conference Girls Meet here at Sycamore Golf Club.

Kaneland led the way with a team 404, eight shots better than defending champion Sandwich [412], with Sycamore [423], Plano [434], fifth-place Ottawa [472] and sixth-place La Salle-Peru [490] rounding out the team standings.

Morris and Rochelle had just two competing individuals each, with the Lady Hubs' Megan Thiravong winning her second straight title after carding an 80.

Kaneland sophomore Katherine Marshall led the way for her squad with a 90, good for fourth individually.

Sandwich was paced by junior Alijah Campbell's sixth-place score of 96, followed by ninth-place efforts by Morgan Ross [102] and Grace Donahue [102], plus Hanna Reedy's 112.

"I was not happy at all with how I played," said Campbell, who also finished sixth at the event in 2019. "Going into today I was really confident, I had played a number of practice rounds here, but today didn't go how I wanted it to. I was just never able to put two consecutive good shots together, and I was really bad off the tee.

"I guess the positive today was that I felt I putted well and was able to sink a couple mid-range to long putts."

Plano junior Faith Mallory carded a fantastic round of 83 to earn individual runner-up honors.

Ottawa junior Zoe Harris, who hadn't played golf before this fall, scored a 100 to finish eighth, while Abi Claus posted a 119.

"I felt it was difficult conditions out there, but I liked the course," said Harris. "I finished better than I started, and I drove the ball well. I feel like there were a couple holes I fell apart on, but I was able to pick myself back up on the next one.

"I struggled with my putting today, and I had a few more three-putts than I would have liked, but I feel it was almost all mental. I wanted to break 100, to be honest, so I almost reached that goal, but I also know I could have done better."

La Salle-Peru junior Grace Antle led her team with a 110 and was selected honorable mention all-conference.

"I really had it as a goal to shoot around 100 today, but I didn't quite get there, and I struggled with the cold and wet conditions," Antle said. "I felt many of my drives were really good and really throughout the round I putted much better today than normal.

"I had golfed with the other three girls in my group before, and we all really get along, which despite not shooting the score I would have liked made the day fun."

The Lady Pirates' and Lady Cavs' scorecards were rounded out by: Ottawa — Megan Bessett [123] and Caroline Cooney [130]; L-P — Alexandria Bruins [124], Olivia Weber [125] and and Avah Moriarty [131].

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