2013-2014 Girls Golf Season:NWHerald Girls Golf All Area
December 13, 2013Richmond Burton High School
NWHerald Girls Golf All Area~
First Team: Blake Betke, RB Jr. ~Betke led the Rockets to an undefeated regular season as well as a ninth-place finish @ state in Class 1. She had the top score at the BNC tournament, placed 10th at the county meet, was third @ regionals, second @ sectionals and 33rd @ state.
Second Team: MacKenzie Hahn: RB fr.,
Honorable Mention: Kat Cummings: RB jr., & Jenny Wojcik, RB jr., (NWHerald 11/30/13)
Lady Rockets’ golf team makes first-evertrip to state
IHSA Girls Golf State Meet
by Patrick Mason firstname.lastname@example.org
At the Class A state tournament at Red Rail in Decatur, Richmond-Burton finished ninth at the end of the two-day tournament, 178 strokes over par. Nashville won the tournament at 88-over. But just as the round, and season, came to a close the Rockets already began setting their sights for next season.
The Rockets went undefeated in the regular season and won three big tournaments on their way to state after winning the Big Northern Conference tournament along with regionals and sectionals and will return all of their contributors.
"Hopefully if we can continue to improve we can set a goal to get back there," Rockets coach Brandon Creason said of the state meet. "That should be a good goal for the girls to set. We had an undefeated season and a regional and sectional championship so that has to be a goal and repeat in those areas."
The Rockets will not graduate any golfers that were a crucial part of this season's success, so making state should be an expectation as the young team hopes to build on their first state appearance.
Junior Black Betke led R-B with a two-day total of 171. Freshman Mackenzie Hahn was second for the Rockets with a 184. Juniors Kat Cummings and Jenny Wojcik carded a 199 and 200, respectively, to round out the top four. Emily Fox and Jessica Guenther, both juniors, shot 213 and 287, respectively.
"It was OK," Creason said of the two-day tournament. "It was a good learning experience for us but we showed our youth at times. We're inexperienced and 36 holes in two days plus an 18 hole practice round, we struggled putting a front and back together." (NWHerald 10/20/13)
Roundup: Richmond-Burton girls golfers cruise to sectional title, reach state
The Richmond-Burton girls golf team dominated the Class A Freeport Sectional on Saturday.
Blake Betke led the Rockets with a 78 and combined with MacKenzie Hahn (84), Jenny Wojcik (97) and Emily Fox (104) for a 363 total that was good for a first-place finish and a trip to the state meet Friday and Saturday at Red Tail Run in Decatur.
"Everyone; parents, coaches, the golfers and their friends are really happy," coach Brandon Creason said. "It makes the postseason just that much more exciting when you realize you have a shot to go far."
The Rockets finished 33 strokes ahead of second-place Byron (394). Rosary placed third with a 399. Each of the three teams will advance to state.
Lena-Winslow also carded a 399 but was edged by Rosary as the tie went to a fifth-player scorecard. R-B defeated Lena-Winslow earlier in the season by seven strokes, and Creason was pleasantly surprised by the margin of victory.
"I thought we had a good shot, but I didn't expect to win by this much," he said. "There were some tough teams there, and I thought the field would be tighter."
The state meet begins Friday and continues Saturday with 18-hole rounds each day. (NWHerald 10/13/13)
Richmond-Burton girls golf wins regional
ALGONQUIN – The Richmond-Burton girls golf team set a goal at the beginning of the season to win a regional title, one year removed from a second-place finish.
To get there, the Rockets needed to overcome a difficult course Tuesday at Golf Club of Illinois while marked as the team to beat. Despite some tough holes, R-B junior Blake Betke carded an 89 to finish third overall while freshman teammate Mackenzie Hahn finished tied for fourth with a 93. They got the low scores R-B needed and were two of five Rockets to finish under 106.
With Betke and Hahn pacing R-B, the Rockets won the Class A Westminster Christian regional, shooting a 392 to advance to Saturday’s Freeport sectional at Park Hills. Plano’s Rylie Loux earned medalist honors, shooting an 85.
“It was tough, but I knew I could have done better,” Betke said. “We wanted to win and we did, so that feels good.”
Johnsburg, which came into the regional as the No. 11 seed, finished fourth overall after shooting a 442 to just miss out on advancing to the Freeport sectional as one of the top three teams. The Skyhawks’ ability to overcome any nerves or worries going up against some of the best teams impressed coach Chris O’Niel.
“We performed the way we can,” O’Niel said. “Our girls didn’t shoot extraordinary rounds today, but they were solid. Our scores have been going down throughout the year, and the nice thing is they didn’t really blow up.”
Johnsburg sophomore Emma Johnson (98), who finished sixth overall, and senior Kayla Toussaint (106) advanced individually as well as Woodstock North freshman Daniela Miranda (104).
“I’m pretty excited because I’d come here to practice before and I had not shot nearly as well as (today),” Johnson said. “And to come out here and shoot under 100, it was a goal I’d set for myself earlier this year. It’s just unbelievable.”
The greens were narrow and fast, creating a tricky course with little room for error. Hahn said one adjustment she made after a rough front 9 holes was abandoning her driver.
“I knew it was hard and there were a lot of hills, but I just knew I needed to hit in on the fairway,” Hahn said. “I just knew I had more holes coming and that I could do better.”
R-B coach Brandon Creason felt his team’s experience playing 18 holes made a difference this year given their familiarity in playing longer matches.
The Rockets proved they could handle adversity during the long day. Hahn’s ability to bounce back from a shaky start was especially important as she has pushed R-B over the top this season, Creason said. R-B junior Kat Cummings’ performance – as their No. 5 golfer, she shot a 105 to tie teammate Jenny Wojcik for the Rockets’ third-best score – has given Creason another weapon.
“Again, it seems in big matches Kat really shows up and that was big,” Creason said. “That’s huge. Very few teams have that. The good teams have that and that’s what has really helped us this year. I’m not sure what’s more exciting: the results of today or the fact that none of them are seniors.” (NWHerald 10/10/13)
Richmond-Burton girls golfers win Big Northern Conference Tournament
POPLAR GROVE – Blake Betke and her Richmond-Burton golf teammates knew the Rockets carried all the pressure entering Wednesday's Big Northern Conference Tournament with a 17-0 record.
Yet that knowledge and potential added stress didn't faze the Rockets during the 18-hole tournament at Timber Pointe. Betke carded an 84 to finish second, one shot back of Burlington Central's Jenna Kuosky. She wasn't the only one on R-B to have a great day on the course. Mackenzie Hahn (86) finished fourth, Kat Cummings shot a 93 and Emily Fox carded a 98 to lead the Rockets to the BNC Tournament title.
R-B (361) defeated second-place Burlington Central by eight shots. Harvard (461) and Marengo (486) finished ninth and 10th, respectively. The win secured R-B the overall BNC championship. The Rockets were also given the sportsmanship award after Wednesday's tournament, which was voted on by conference coaches.
"We just went out there and took every shot one shot at a time, and we all played our own game," Betke said. "We didn't worry about anybody else."
Betke, Hahn and Cummings each earned All-BNC honors for their performances, while Fox got All-BNC honorable mention. Abby Linhart shot a 99 to lead Harvard, and Marengo's Monica Millard posted a 109.
"I played a practice round on Sunday, but there were a couple hard holes," Hahn said. "I thought I was going to shoot worse than I did on the front because I got an 8 and a 7, but otherwise I did pretty good."
Betke and Hahn said they stayed away from using their drivers to limit the possibility of hitting the ball out of bounds or missing the fairway. While Betke was somewhat disappointed to finish her final whole with a triple bogey – the perils of getting stuck in a bunker – she was excited by R-B's performance heading into regionals next week.
R-B coach Brandon Creason was also pleased with the Rockets' performance. The standout score from Cummings was certainly a bright spot for R-B. Cummings, who has been the Rockets' No. 5 all year, posted the third-best score for the Rockets on Wednesday, and finished in the top 10 overall.
"The girls had goals to start the season, and this was one of them, so that's good," Creason said. "I'd say it was a pretty productive day."
Marengo coach Nate Wright found encouragement from some of his golfers posting scorers that were noticeable improvements from the beginning of the year.
"It's nice to see them playing their best golf at the end of the year," Wright said. "The other thing about it is, they're all new golfers or relatively new golfers, so it's a nice step to get out here, play 18 holes and get some experience. (NWHerald 10/3/13)
Richmond-Burton girls golf remains undefeated
By PATRICK MASON - email@example.com
GENOA CITY, Wis. — Bright yellow signs, highlighted with red writing, lined 101st street leading to Nippersink Golf Course.
The signs read, "Entering Rocket Country," and "Rocket Pride," and served as a beacon directing teams to the 91-year-old course as they face the Richmond-Burton girls golf team, which has dominated opponents all season.
On Monday, the strong play continued as the Rockets improved on their perfect regular season record, 17-0, as they hosted McHenry and Marian Central. R-B (203) was 16 strokes ahead of second-place McHenry (219) while the Hurricanes took third, carding a 244.
At this point in the season, all three coaches know that wins and losses are secondary to the quality of play they see on the course as the regular season nears its conclusion. So Monday's round acted more as a tuneup and another chance to play before postseason begins, than a head-to-head battle.
"It doesn't matter as much," Warriors coach Sean Sterner said about records at this point in the season. "The more we play, the better we do and playing these nine holes makes us better prepared for Wednesday, which is what we care about the most."
The Big Northern Conference and Fox Valley Conference tournaments begin Wednesday, which is an important 18-hole round that gives coaches and players a good idea of where they stand before heading into regionals the following week.
Even as the meet was important for the Rockets, as they entered Monday trying to conclude their season without a loss, coach Brandon Creason has noticed that his players are mentally done with the regular season as they eye a potentially fruitful postseason with state-qualifying hopes.
"Our girls are ready for that next step," Creason said. "Duals and [Triangulars] have worn themselves out and I think they're ready.
"That's kind of how everybody was today, just go out and play."
R-B didn't post its best round but played well enough to scratch out the win. Blake Betke earned medalist honors with a 47 while teammate MacKenzie Hahn carded a 48 to finish second. Kailey Lindholm's 51 led the way for the Warriors and Mia Belle McNeill carded a 55 to lead the Hurricanes.
Marian Central has one more dual meet left on its schedule as it heads to Turnberry Oct. 7 to face the Crystal Lake Central co-op, and played Monday's meet without three of its top golfers.
No. 1 Sophia Archos, Emily Johnson and Kenzie Mocogni didn't play due to illness and coach Paula Watson planned on keeping the trio out of Monday's meet to make sure they are ready to go for regionals, Oct. 9.
"We didn't want to push anything," Watson said about keeping the three out. "This acted as a good opportunity (for the younger players) and maybe light a fire under them.
"They need to realize, if the top golfers take leave, these girls need to be ready to go, and I think I saw some improvement today from them."
Johnsburg 204, Marengo 252: The two teams also finished up their regular season at Nippersink Monday and Johnsburg reached a new season-high as the team carded its best round of the season at the golf course.
Emma Johnson earned medalist honors with a 46 while Madelyn Schroeder (50), Kayla Toussaint (51) and Haley Hiller (57) combined to shoot a 204. It was their best round by 18 strokes and it came just in time for the postseason. After shooting a 231 the first time out at Nippersink and a 222 a couple weeks ago, Johnsburg coach Chris O'Neil thinks his team is hitting its stride at the right time.
"I'm really excited," he said. "We've had some personal-best rounds lately and I hope we can make a run in regionals.
"Golf is a different animal than other sports," O'Neil said about players' preparation. "Some (players) tend to over think a lot while some take their mind completely off the sport. They each have a different method to their madness and it's been paying off." (NWHerald 10/1/13)
Conference meets: The Big Northern Conference tournament will be played at 8 a.m. on Wednesday at Timber Pointe. Marengo and Harvard will be there and figure to get a nice look at how the two stack up against similar-sized schools in an 18-hole tournament.
Richmond-Burton will also use this tournament as a measuring stick. The Rockets expect to be competitive after a dominant regular season where they have seen quality performance throughout their lineup. Blake Betke has led the way while standout freshman MacKenzie Hahn has been exactly what R-B was looking for as she helps round out the team.
THIS WEEK'S TOP MEETS~Big Northern Conference tournament, 8 a.m. Wednesday at Timber Pointe
This should be a nice tournament for Richmond-Burton to show off its stellar season and a good jumping off point as the team has state aspirations. (NWHerald 9/26/13)
RB 371, Lakes 456, Antioch 534: @ Antioch Golf Club, Blake Betke was medalist for Rb (15-0) with an 80. Mackenzie Hahn shot an 88 & Jenny Wojik a 98. (NWHerald 9/29/13)
One of this week's top meet: Byron @ RB, 4:30 p.m Thursday (9/12/13) @ Nippersink in Genoa City, WI. ~ Creason expects this meet to be anther tough one for his team as Byron has poasted some low scores this season. The Rockets are beginning to face stiff competition so watch how they handle it in a an already impressive season. (NWHerald 9/12/13)
Richmond-Burton 162, Harvard 219: At Beaver Creek in Capron, Blake Betke earned medalist honors as she shot a round-best 37 in the win. The Rockets (10-0) had their next three scoring golfers in the 40s as Mackenzie Hahn shot a 40 with Jenny Wojcik (42) and Emily Fox (43) contributed to the win. (NWHerald 9/12/13)
Noteworthy~Putting the pieces together: Richmond-Burton made sectionals as a team last season, but coach Brandon Creason knew his team was still missing something. That something was a No. 2 scorer and this season the Rockets have that in freshman Mackenzie Hahn.
“We’ve always had a solid 3-4-5,” Creason said. “Now we have solid scores coming in from top to bottom.”
The Rockets have started the season 10-0, including a close 193-196 victory over a then 8-0 Burlington Central team Tuesday. It was the first meet of the season that the Rockets were tested. Creason believes that if his team is to make its goal of reaching state as a team, they need to be in close matches early in the season in order to get mentally ready for the postseason next month.
“Maybe, in the past, I was thinking a little about basketball and drawing up some plays,” said Creason, who doubles as the Rockets’ boys basketball coach. “But these girls have a chance to do something here this season and it’s really fun for me each time out.” (NWHerald 9/12/13)
Richmond-Burton 193, Burlington Central 196: At the Sycamore Golf Club, Blake Betke shot a 42 to lead the Rockets in their BNC East win. (NWHerald 9/11/13)
Girls roundup: Richmond-Burton golfers remain perfect after forfeit
The Richmond-Burton girls golf team earned its easiest victory of the season Thursday and stayed undefeated as Oregon had to forfeit because the team didn’t have enough golfers.
The Rockets (8-0) turned in a 185 and were led by Blake Betke’s 42 and Mackenzie Hahn’s 45. Kat Cummings shot a 59. (NWHerald 9/6/13)
RB 206, Somonauk 242, GK 249: @ Oak Club of Genoa, Blake Betke took medalist honors with a 49 fo the Rockets in their nonconference win, with MacKenie Hahn adding a 51. (NWHerald 8/29/13)
Tables turned, Rockets win big behind Betke
by Patrick Mason
PRAIRIE GROVE – Several years ago, Monday’s girls golf match against Richmond-Burton would have resulted in a lopsided win for Prairie Ridge.
But things have changed this season, and the Rockets have high expectations.
“We’re going to state this year as a team,” R-B junior Blake Betke said.
“In years past, [Prairie Ridge] would just kick our butt out here,” Rockets fifth-year coach Brandon Creason said. “It would just be like practice for them, but we have some really talented golfers this season that can make some noise.”
The Rockets have indeed made some noise this season by winning their first two duals while taking second place in a tough Marian Central Invitational last week. Their successes continued Monday as they defeated Prairie Ridge, 192-219, at Prairie Isle and improved to 3-0.
R-B was led Betke who carded a 41 to take medalist honors.
Betke was paired with talented, but raw, freshman teammate MacKenzi Hahn, who shot a 50.
Jenny Wojcik (48) and Emily Fox (53) rounded out the scoring for the Rockets.
The golfers played the back nine Monday, and the round had an ominous start for Betke. It took her eight strokes to escape the first hole of the day, a par-5, after hitting her ball into the water twice, but she rebounded and made a stroke back after a long birdie putt on 14.
“I was a little worried after that awful start,” Betke said, “but my confidence just went up after getting that out of the way, and we were able to put together some nice rounds.”
Hahn also impressed herself and the other golfers especially on her tee shots.
The freshman showed off on the 14th hole as she drove her ball over the green 218 yards away with a 3-wood. Creason shook his head as he watched the other golfers hit approach shots while Hahn walked to the back of the green to find her ball near a pine tree.
“I’ve had people come up to me and tell me they can’t believe she is just a freshman,” Creason said of Hahn. “She can really hit the ball. It’s impressive.”
She had to rein in her powerful shot on 17 as the cup on the par-3 sits just 86 yards away.
“I told her to tee off with a putter,” Betke joked.
As for Prairie Ridge, Brooke Johnson said her wrist didn’t feel right and wasn’t happy with her round of 52. Junior Erin Wing parred five holes in a row until the 18th but ran into some trouble finishing her round. She took a nine on the hole but ended up with a 49.
“Improvement is all you can really ask for,” Wing said. “We didn’t putt very well as a team, and putting is huge. We just have to get better and work on things to do so.”
Coach Pattie Hie noted that this season is all about getting better and improving while trying not to be worried about losing. The Wolves have just five golfers, but Hie was doing some serious recruiting during the first day of classes. She went to every P.E. class and told the girls about the sport and thinks she had a few bites and hopes some come out to practice Tuesday.
“We just need some younger players to be able to learn from and grow with the ones we have now,” Hie said. “It’s really important to be able to do that when rebuilding a team.” (NWHerald 8/27/13)
Richmond-Burton 182, Rockford Lutheran 220: At Nippersink in Genoa City, Wis., Blake Betake medaled for the Rockets after shooting a 43, two strokes ahead of teammate Mackenzie Hahn while Jenny Wojcik fired a 46 in the win. (NWHerald 8/23/13)
Marian Central Invitational: @ Boone Creek in Bull Valley, Mackenzie Hahn led socond-place RB with an 81. (NWHerald 8/22/13)
Girls Golf Preview~Big Northern Conference
Coach: Brandon Creason (5th season)
Top returnees: Blake Betke, jr.; Jenny Wojcik, jr.
Key newcomers: MacKenzi Hahn, fr.
Worth noting: The Rockets have just one senior on the team, however four golfers return from last season.. The Rockets have the capability of posting some low scores. “This is a group that is very talented,” Creason said. “We have some high expectations this year.” (8/21/13)