Lilly Gentzkow’s round got off to a rocky start Wednesday at Sportsman’s Country Club in Northbrook.
Yet, she didn’t let it affect her play.
“She’s such a positive kid with good energy,” Loyola head coach Carli McKenney said. “Everybody loves to be around her.”
Despite drawing an unplayable lie near a tree after her tee shot on No. 1 and carding a bogey, Gentzkow shot a team-best 77 to tie for third at the Class AA regional tournament.
“It was a weird ruling, and it took awhile,” Gentzkow said. “I was nervous about it, but I kept a good attitude. My dad [Mark Gentzkow] always tells me a bogey can be your friend.”
Behind Gentzkow, the Ramblers placed second with 316 to qualify for Monday’s sectional tournament at Pheasant Run Golf Course in St. Charles. New Trier finished first at 301, and Glenbrook South earned the third and final spot with 326.
Senior Tatum Koehn made four birdies for a 78 to follow Gentzkow, while sophomore Mary Boesen (80) and junior Shea Graf (81) completed Loyola’s scoring. Senior Nina Rutkowski had an 83, and sophomore Grace Kryscio shot 85.
Koehn, who tied for sixth as an individual, said she put herself in good position off the tee all day. Her game plan consisted of having fun.
“This is my last year, and I want to enjoy it,” she said.
Last season, Loyola missed out on the state tournament as a team and didn’t send an individual to the state tournament for the first time since 2005. But the Ramblers have proven this year that they can produce at all six spots in the lineup, which enhances their prospects at representation at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur.
“The nice thing about this team is everybody has stepped up,” McKenney said.