PROPHETSTOWN – Saturday’s final round of the 95th Women’s Lincoln Highway golf tournament was more coronation than competition, and the Timber Creek ladies were the belles of the ball.
The Dixon club built up a big lead after Friday’s opening round, and brought it home in the second round at Prophet Hills Country Club. Timber Creek defended the title it won a year ago at Indian Oaks in Shabbona.
“Ultimately we did what we came to do, which was to repeat our win from last year,” Kristie Pultorak said. “That was our No. 1 goal. The team made me proud, and I think we made [Timber Creek owner] Ron Keith proud.”
Timber Creek finished with a best-against-bogey score of +100, well ahead of runner-up Kishwaukee, which was at +71. Sunset (+52), Prophet Hills (+48) and Indian Oaks (+17) rounded out the top five teams.
Leading the way for Timber Creek was medalist Mimi Boysen, who finished with a best-against-bogey score of +21, one ahead Sunset’s Abi Scheidecker.
“It is an honor to win it, and I really am in shock,” Boysen said. “First of all, it was an honor just to make the team – in the Sixth Flight, I just wanted to contribute. I had the round of my life [Friday]. It was my second-best ever, but the lowest in a tournament.”
Boysen was at +12 after the first round, with a scratch score of 79 – only the second time in her life she’s broken 80 for 18 holes. She came in at +9 for the second round, which got the job done.
“I did not play very well today, but I played good enough,” Boysen said. “I don’t hit the long ball, and I’m playing with all of the long-ball hitters. My chipping and putting, that’s what I rely on, because I can’t hit a long ball. I can’t get on those par 3s most of the time, but if I can chip it close and one-putt, then it’s a par. That’s how I have to score.”
All eight of the Timber Creek players finished on the plus side. In addition to Boysen (+21), Patty Head (+19), Mandy Curia (+18), Alina Llanas (+17), Olivia Pultorak (+13), Kristie Pultorak (+12), Krista Niezwaag (+12) and Mikki Masini (+8) also posted positive scores. Two scores are eliminated to arrive at a final team score.
Kishwaukee’s top players were Ruth Heal (+19), Debbie Schiavi (+14) and Maggie Russell (+13).
Sunset was paced by a trio of recent high school graduates in Abi Scheidecker (+20), Ali Scheidecker (+17) and Maddie James (+12). The Scheidecker twins went to Oregon, while James attended Stillman Valley.
Abi Scheidecker’s availability for the tournament was in question after she had her tonsils and lower maxillary sinuses removed on June 28. She didn’t get doctor’s clearance to play until Wednesday, and only had 1 day of practice.
“I didn’t expect to play this good,” said Abi Scheidecker, who, like her twin, Ali, will golf and bowl at St. Ambrose University this fall. “It took a lot to get me to keep the energy up – I kept pounding liquids and food and everything I could, and just kept telling myself that I could get through it. Overall, I really got up and down very well. I didn’t have many mis-hit shots, and if I did, I found a way to recover. I’m very pleased.”
95th Women’s Lincoln Highway
Top 3 teams
1. Timber Creek +100
2. Kishwaukee +71
3. Sunset +52