Lederhausen no one-dimensional golfer
Hinsdale Central's Rosanna Lederhausen, competing at last year's Class AA regional at Seven Bridges, finished seventh last year the Class AA state meet.. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 5, 2012 6:49AM
HINSDALE — Rosanna Lederhausen is quick to point out that she does more than golf.
Lederhausen might be the best golfer in West Suburban Conference history after becoming the first to win conference girls titles in all four years Sept. 26 at Village Greens of Woodridge. But the Hinsdale Central senior is not a golfing machine.
She is also an accomplished musician, who plays guitar and has been hired to perform at dinner parties around Hinsdale over the years.
“It’s a good gig,” Lederhausen said.
A couple of her acoustical performances covering songs by Adele can be heard at soundcloud.com. She makes regular appearances at Wednesday Open Mic nights at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Downers Grove. She also performs in her school’s choir and is taking opera lessons. Lederhausen, tennis player Caroline Lorenzini and volleyball players Coco Bergdoll and Rachel Lenderman were named to the school’s homecoming court last week.
“It’s not just golf,” Rosanna Lederhausen said.
It’s easy to see where the influences are in Rosanna’s passion for music and golf. Her father, Mats, plays in a band and Rosanna’s favorite group is one of her father’s favorites, 1970s British band Supertramp, which made music long before Rosanna was born.
Both of her parents were born in Sweden. She spent two weeks there in August and missed the first week of the golf season while visiting family. Her mother, Jessica, was a former pro golfer in Europe, played collegiately at UCLA and competed for the Swedish national team.
Rosanna is the last of four Lederhausens who golfed in high school. If she advances to the Class AA state meet as expected, her final round will end a run of consecutive Lederhausen siblings at the state golf meet extending back to 2003. Her older sisters, Rebecca and Alexandra, played for Northwestern and her brother Theo is swinging clubs for Harvard. Alexandra won the 2006 Class AA state championship.
Former Hinsdale Central coach Nancy Ahitow retired four years ago after coaching the two older Lederhausen sisters.
“Rebecca was always very meticulous,” Ahitow said. “Alex wore her emotions on her sleeve. You always knew where Alex stood. She was a cheerleader (for teammates). When she had a bad shot, you know how (her round) is going.”
Mats Lederhausen formerly worked as an executive at McDonald’s so the Oak Brook Golf Club was always nearby for the kids.
“We would practice every day,” Rosanna Lederhausen said. “My mom would drop me off at Oak Brook (Golf Club). At the beginning, all four kids would go out and hit for a few hours. We would go out and play and then come home. When I was a lot younger, I would just walk and watch them on the course.”
Stevenson’s Stephanie Miller is considered the favorite to win the state title after capturing six tournaments this season. Rosanna Lederhausen should be a top challenger when the state girls golf tournament begins Oct. 12 at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur. Miller was sixth and Lederhausen seventh in last year’s meet.
Every summer, Lederhausen and her mother crisscross the country for Rosanna’s tournaments. This summer, she played in tournaments in Daly City, Calif. (U.S. Girls Junior Championship); Cincinnati (Women’s Western Junior); Killington, Vt.; Nashville, Tenn. (American Junior Golf Association’s Music City Junior); and others in Indiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She also traveled to Florida for a private lesson. She has not decided where she’ll attend college.
“I didn’t coach the other ones, but I’ll be sad (losing Rosanna),” Hinsdale Central coach Janelle Marconi said. “I know she’ll go on to bigger and greater things. She’s very disciplined.”