Friendly playoff payoff for Prospect's Scaccia, Caporusso

Updated 9/21/2013 10:16 PM

Early in the season, Ally Scaccia lost in a playoff for the championship of the Prospect Invite.

Saturday at the Rockford Invite, the Prospect senior got another chance to win a tournament through a playoff at the Ingersoll Golf Course.

This time, she wasn't even all that worried about winning.

That's because she was playing her teammate Noreen Caporusso.

"We were laughing the whole time," said Scaccia, who sank a 5-foot putt on the second playoff hole to claim her first invite championship of her high school career.

"We were cheering each other on," Scaccia added. "We didn't care who won. We are teammates. We were there for each other. It was fun."

Scaccia and Caporusso, a senior all-stater who was playing her first 18-hole round of the season, each shot 3-over par 75s on their rounds.

Combined with Kiley Walsh (78) and Isabella's Flack (84), the Knights posted a 312 to top runner-up Fremd (332) for first place in the 22-team field.

St. Viator senior Dana Gattone took third place with a 76.

Senior Nikki Marquardt, the Stevenson standout who Scaccia lost to in the Prospect Invite playoff, took fourth place with a 77.

Fremd senior Dorothy Feng and Walsh were among five players who tied for fifth with 78s.

Fremd's scorecard was completed by sophomore Haezi Jung (81), junior Kelly O'Sullivan (83) and sophomore JaeHee Hurr (90).

Prospect and Fremd, both 8-0 in the Mid-Suburban League, meet for sole possession of first place on Monday at the Vikings' Palatine Hills.

Prospect won the Rockford Invite for the second straight season.

"It was crazy," Scaccia said of facing her teammate in the playoff. "When we both finished our rounds, coach (Jim) Hamann said 'OK, you guys hit a few balls, you might be in a playoff.' He kind of predicted it."

Scaccia said she didn't start out real strong on Saturday.

"I wasn't playing well but then I finally started kicking it in on the turn so I was happy."

Scaccia, who owns Prospect's school record for 18 holes with a 69 at the Prospect Invite, shot 1-under par for her final 11 holes on Saturday.

"Ally got off to a start not typical of her game," Hamann said. "She really started playing well at end and the same for Kiley (36 on the back nine) and Isabella. They really finished strong, too."

As a team, the Knights played much better on the back nine.

"So I guess I have to do a better job warming them up," Hamann said.

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