Taylor Arenson was right on target and the Naperville North girls golf team blew away the competition Monday at the 14-team Marian Catholic Invitational.
Arenson garnered medalist honors with a 73 and the Huskies shot a stellar 323.Blayne Yarmat contributed an 80, while Caroline Pierson carded an 84 and Maddie Krejci added an 86.
Naperville Central finished second with a 360 as Stephanie Robinson led the Redhawks with an 86.
Marist’s Ashley Kay and Sam Smith made it a successful premier for new head coach Jim Barker.
The RedHawks finished third at Coyote Run in Flossmoor with a 360 for their best showing ever in the tournament. Marist managed to cut 22 strokes from its opening-day total last season.
“It’s a good debut for the 2013 RedHawks,” Barker said. “The girls have been working really hard. I think we battled some nervousness early but they settled down and came on strong.”
Kay led Marist with a 13-over 84 and Smith chipped in an 88. Kay finished eighth overall and also notched the “Closest to the Pin” medal on the fifth hole, landing 11 1/2 feet from the cup.
“I’ve been sick, so it’s been a rough past few days, but I came out just firing away,” Kay said. “I think this showing really gives my girls some confidence in themselves, because we all need that.”
Providence was just behind Marist in fourth at 364 thanks to an 85 from Alyssa Newling. Lincoln-Way East grabbed fifth with a 374.
Nina Nicpon and Kelly Sterling paced the host Spartans. Nicpon nailed four birdies and finished fourth with a 77.
“My drivers were working pretty well, but my short game was not on target,” Nicpon said, noting that she hopes to qualify for state this season. “I think my driver and my irons made up for that in the long run.”
Sterling, a top-30 finisher in state the past two seasons, took fifth with a 79.
“I was all over the place,” Sterling said. “My driver just broke so I was using my little brother’s. I mostly kept hitting it left.”