Young guns

Underclassmen leadership takes girls golf into postseason play


The amount of young talent on the ETHS Girls Golf team positions them for success in years to come

Charlie Gruner, Sports Editor

While girls golf has struggled to consistently stay in the win column, their record shouldn’t leave anyone doubting their crop of young talent ready to take the reins.

“With many returners from last year, our lineup remains pretty much the same,” junior captain Anna TerMolen said. “Not only have we improved our scores, but our focus, determination, and hope is greater than ever before.”

The team will begin the postseason in the Central Suburban League Conference Tournament on Sept. 27 at 8 a.m, after a tune up final match against Regina on Sept. 25 at Canal Shores at 4:30 p.m.

“We will be in a very good situation against Regina at home, a lot because of the course,” coach Karilyn Joyce said. “My girls shoot really well at home because they are extremely comfortable with the course because we practice there everyday.”

“Throughout the entire season we are constantly adjusting our game and learning to be better,” TerMolen said. “The match against Regina will be another opportunity for us to refine every aspect of our game before our major postseason tournament, and hopefully will help us gain some confidence.”

Along with TerMolen, the other team captains include juniors Clara Lynk and Kimmy Jolie, who have all been on varsity for three years. Jolie follows in the footsteps of her sister Liz, Class of 2016, who was a varsity star for the Kits and a team captain.

“All of our captains play tournaments in the offseason, and they’re doing a lot more training to prepare for the season which sets a great example for the rest of the team,” Joyce said. “Our team is full of competitors who work very hard.”

“Our entire season has been building up to our conference and regional tournaments,” Jolie said. “The Regina match will remind us of the things that we need to work on in order to be perfect before conference.”

With a fourth place finish at the Antioch Invite on Aug. 26, the Kits recorded their best invite finish of the season. A recent conference match against Niles West on Sept. 13 saw the Kits take strides and gain much needed confidence with a 208-182 victory.

The success of this year’s team has depended on their younger players, led by juniors TerMolen and Jolie, and sophomore Drew Patterson, who is a returning starter on varsity.

“I feel super lucky to have been named captain my junior year because it has already taught me so much,” Jolie said. “Whether it’s a bad shot or a bad hole, as a captain I need to make sure that I brush it off while keeping my teammates up and supporting them at all times.”

Joyce credits the crop of young talent that is currently on varsity and waiting to enter high school to the Girls Play Sports program, a club where varsity athletes travel to schools across Evanston and teach young girls how to play their sport.

She believes that clubs like these have changed the culture of Evanston golf, and will continue to produce great talent in years to come.