As a freshman Katherine Lemke was just happy to be named all-conference.
After winning the Metro Suburban Conference title for the third time on Monday, it's a reminder of just how far the St. Francis senior has come.
"I have won the conference three times in a row, and it boost my confidence going into this shortened postseason," Lemke said after firing a 75.
Teammate Emmy Hollarbush finished in second with an 81, a new personal record for the freshman. Cameron Marr tied for third with an 84, turning in a 38 on the back nine holes. Six Spartans ended up scoring in the top-15.
"I am super proud of our team play, especially the way my teammates finished on the back nine. They demonstrated mental strength on the back nine, and that will always result in some form of success," said Lemke, a Geneva resident.
"I think we have a really good chance at advancing in postseason play," Lemke continued. "Our performance today proved that we are capable finishing strong on the back nine. If we can show that same strength in the postseason, we will be very competitive."
The St. Francis boys team finished second overall in conference for the second straight year. Junior Daniel Rice, Kory Carlson and Zach Mulhearn all turned in 78s to land in the top 10.
Area golfers come up aces
Geneva sophomore Austin Frick was coming off a birdie on a par 4 before his signature varsity golf moment up to this point.
"[I] felt good the whole day," Frick said. "It wasn't like a random shot that went in," Frick said.
His next hole, Frick hit a hole-in-one for his first career varsity ace on Sept. 24 at Eagle Brook Country Club.
"I saw it, it bounced and then went straight toward the hole," Frick said. "It slowly just rolled right in; all of us saw it just go straight in. I knew right when it went in."
"It didn't feel real; it took me a good 10 seconds to process that I just had a hole-in-one," Frick continued. "I was really excited. My first thing [I did] was run around; it was my first instinct."
Frick now turns his attention to the DuKane Conference meet.
"Right now, I'm just swinging it really good. So, I feel good going into conference. I'm just ready to go play more golf," Frick said.
Frick wasn't the only Kane County golfer to enjoy the rare achievement of a hole-and-one recently.
St. Charles East senior Sarah Podjasek also joined the elite group with her ace on hole No. 4 at Pottawatomie Golf Course. It was her first career hole-in-one.
"The moment after I hit it, it was straight on-line for the hole," Podjasek said. "In my head, I knew it was going to be a good shot. It took a bounce and it went into the hole. It was crazy."
"I was shocked and amazed," Podjasek continued. "I couldn't believe it actually went into the hole. It was just an amazing moment for me."