By Matt Nestor
Through two rainy rounds, Belvidere North’s Kelsey Nelson did not play her best golf.
But over two days, she was able to work through the rain and the field to win the NIC-10 girls’ golf championship with a two-day score of 158 (76-82).
Nelson, who is also looking to go to the state tournament for the third consecutive year, finished 10 strokes ahead of the next-best competitor, Ali Gorman of Boylan. Gorman shot a 168 to take second place by one stroke.
While Nelson was wrapping up another championship, the Boylan Titans were looking to continue a streak of their own. The Titans, who have gone to the state tournament as a team for eight straight years, were also looking to repeat a conference championship.
The Titans were bolstered by five top-seven finishes. Sydney Rumple and Melissa VanSistine tied for third with a score of 169, Alayna Dufour took fifth with 174, and Alexi Brown took seventh with 176.
Behind those finishes, Boylan cruised to the team crown with a final score of 678. North finished second at 720 behind Nelson’s strong play. Hononegah was third at 724, followed by Guilford (780), Freeport (787), Harlem (828) and Auburn (948).
IHSA regional competition takes place Oct. 7, where Nelson and the Titans will be looking to move on to sectional competition.
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From the October 7-13, 2009 issue