Now that Madelynn Swank is finally a senior and entering her fourth varsity season, it would be natural to presume that one of Hinsdale Central’s top returning golfers would take an active role directing the program.
But Swank is unwilling to assume that responsibility, since she’s known this group throughout high school.
“All of these girls are my friends. I see them every day after school,” said Swank, a Clarendon Hills resident. “I feel like we all have a leadership role where we can all support one another.”
While the lineup looks familiar, there still are some changes at Hinsdale Central. Nick Latorre is taking over for Janelle Marconi as coach. Latorre is the school’s boys basketball coach in the winter.
The Devils also will play without four-time West Suburban Silver champion Rosanna Lederhausen (Brown), who has graduated. Two other standouts who completed their prep careers were Jacqueline Bruns and Colleen Ahern.
Swank and classmates Cailee Beisswanger and Zoe Wong all are back from last year’s team that took fourth place at the Class 3A state meet. Swank tied for 40th with an 83 in the one-day, rain-shortened meet. Wong tied for 72nd (89).
The Devils, who had tryouts scheduled for Monday, compete in their first tournament, the Downers Grove North Scramble, on Aug. 31.
Swank is hoping to attract more interest from college recruiters in the next few months. Her teaching pro, Kevin Weeks of Cog Hill, produced a video of her swing that can be found on YouTube, which Swank emails prospective college coaches.
Her biggest concern in the offseason was working on her approach around the green.
“It was definitely my short game and putting. My putting has gotten a lot better,” Swank said. “Fifty yards and in is very important.”
Hinsdale Central returns Erin Bruns, the younger sister of Jacqueline, who was the Devils’ low scorer at the state meet with a 76. Swank is also excited about the addition of freshmen, Jessica Lee and Selina Zeng.
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The Devils lost three seniors to graduation, including No. 1 scorer Lederhausen, so Beisswanger steps in to lead with fellow senior Swank.
Beisswanger tied for 12th in the MAJGT Championship June 16-18 at Geneva National in one of her three MAJGT appearances this summer. She shot a career-best 74 to beat Lederhausen, a four-time conference champion, to win last year’s regional.
The best round of the La Grange resident’s career was 80 for 23rd place at last year’s state meet. The senior should give Lyons a steady top three with Ciara Rattana and Jameson Mitchell.
Donahoe appeared in eight Illinois Junior Golf Association events with top finishes in a sectional at Old Oak (fifth) and a sectional at the Links of Carillon (seventh).
Rattana posted a video of her swing on YouTube for college coaches, but has yet to make a commitment. Lyons’ No. 1 scorer carded an 84 (tie-46th) at the state meet. Coach Brian Anderson thinks Rattana could finish in the top 10 this season.
“We expect great things from her as a senior,” Anderson said. “She’s getting a little wiser about her game.”
Rattana tied for sixth at the Chick Evans qualifier July 6 with a 77.
The rained-out second round at last year’s state meet didn’t give the senior from Western Springs a chance to bounce back from her disappointing round on Friday. Mitchell shot a 92 to tie for 87th.
She stayed busy with 12 IJGA events over the summer. Her best showing was a tie for third at the Bristol Open June 28 at Blackberry Oaks. Mitchell was fourth in three other tournaments.
“We have a great 1-2 punch,” Lyons coach Anderson said. “Jameson has come on strong and tied Ciara Rattan for a couple of rounds (in tryouts).”