St. Edward junior golfer Ryann Scully says she can usually hit the golf ball pretty far off the tee. How straight it goes might be another matter, though.
Fortunately for Scully, she hit it pretty straight this week.
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Playing through an off-and-on drizzle, Scully shot a 93 on Saturday and made the individual cut, advancing to the IHSA Class 1A state finals out of the Freeport Aquin sectional at Park Hills.
"My driver has really been helping me out," said Scully, who also plays softball for the Green Wave. "My ball normally goes left or right but lately it's been going straight and that's been nice."
Scully will play next Friday and Saturday at Red Tail Run in Decatur. She is the first St. Edward girls golfer to advance to state since the Green Wave made it as a team in 2009.
"It's exciting," said Scully, who advanced to the sectional round last year but came up short of a state berth. "I'll just try to do my best. At least I made it, so there's nothing I can be mad about."
Scully shot nines of 42 and 51 Saturday. She played the back nine first.
"The first nine everything was working pretty good but my putting slipped on the second nine," she said. "I just tried to get to the green in as few strokes as possible."
Richmond-Burton won the team championship with a 363. Byron was second at 394 and Rosary took the third and final team spot for the state tournament, beating Lena-Winslow on a score card tiebreaker after each team shot 399.
Ridgewood's Sabrina Bonanno was the individual medalist with a 71.