FLOSSMOOR | T.F. South's Maggie Sloan had to play an extra hole to decide whether or not she would qualify for this weekend's state finals, and the extra pressure that was involved wasn't going to get the best of her.
"That was a lot of anxiety, but I tried to stay confident," Sloan said of the playoff hole. "Just that I have the ability to do this. I have the ability to beat her."
Sloan shot an 84 on the day at the class AA Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional at Coyote Run and was tied with Kasey Schaffer of Nazareth Academy after 18 holes. The two girls replayed the 17th hole, and after a bogey on 17 during her round, Sloan birdied the par 5 to win the playoff hole and secure the 10th and final spot for individual qualifiers.
"I hit a really good drive and then I didn't expect to hit my second shot on the green considering it's a par five," Sloan said. "but I did. I didn't make the eagle putt, but I made the birdie putt, so I guess that's all that matters."
Sloan will travel to this weekend's state finals which begin Friday at Hickory Point Golf Course in Forsyth.
"Just slip by right now and hopefully something great is going to happen to me," Sloan said. "I'm just looking forward to that."
After qualifying as a team, Marian Catholic struggled on the day and was unable to qualify the team or any individual golfers for the state finals. Nina Nicpon shot an 89 for the Spartans, while her sister Mira Nicpon shot a 95 on the day.
"The back nine which I started on started really bad," Nina said. "Bogey, bogey, triple bogey, and it was hard to come back from that. I think I only had two pars on the back nine. I could have done way better."
Strong winds throughout the day made it tough on the participants, and Mira Nicpon, a freshman, is looking forward to the Spartans' chances in the future.
"My putting wasn't very good," Mira said. "It was tricky to get used to the wind. It was a good year. We came in third in conference, and we'll build from here."
Homewood-Flossmoor's Kendall Paris shot a 91 at Coyote Run and was happy to end on a good note after struggling on the front nine.
"The greens were so fast I couldn't believe it," Paris said. "The front today was really rough because it was more windy this morning. On the back I was happy because I calmed down a little bit and brought it back."