Girls Golf: Lemont’s Lynn looking to state her case again
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media October 6, 2013 6:24PM
Bridgett Lynn, of Lemont | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 8, 2013 6:12AM
Who says golf isn’t an emotional sport?
For Lemont senior Bridgett Lynn, qualifying for state last season was case in point.
“It was surreal,” Lynn said. “My dad and I were sitting across the room from each other, and the cutoff (to make state) was 82 or 83. I shot an 81 and finished ninth. When they read the scores, I looked at my dad and it was a really emotional moment. You see everything you work for finally pay off. We both kinda teared up.”
It’s a sentiment she hopes to feel once more. Lynn is aiming to become the second person from her family to qualify for state on two occasions. Her oldest brother, Tommy, finished eighth in the state in 2005 and helped lead Lemont to an eighth-place team finish.
“Seeing my older brother, his passion for the game, I really looked up to that,” Lynn said. “It gave me something to work for and it was something we bonded over.”
Her brother went on to play collegiately at the University of St. Leo, a Division II school just north of Tampa, Fla.
Lynn also is garnering interest from the next level and has been in contact with Wheeling Jesuit, a D-II school in West Virginia, and Ave Maria, a Catholic university in southwest Florida.
“I’m still undecided,” Lynn said. “I can’t make a decision until I visit a school that really strikes me. I’ve yet to see one of those schools where I think, ‘This is my school and I really want to go here.’ ”
Any program Lynn commits to will land a high-ceiling player. She didn’t start golfing until she was in middle school, yet she still was able to become a four-year varsity starter. Last season, she won the South Suburban tournament and placed 50th in the state.
“I’m not taking anything for granted,” Lynn said. “I’ve dedicated myself to my overall game. It’s a lot more serious this year.”
It’s evident in her scores. She shot a personal-best 74 for second place at the Vernon Hills invite Sept. 14.
“Her biggest thing is she’s hitting the ball further,” Lemont coach Bill Mondrella said. “She’s always been consistent on the greens, and now she added 10 to 20 yards on her drive.”
Just don’t confuse her seriousness with additional pressure to make a repeat trip to state.
“I’ve done it before. I know I have the capacity to do it,” Lynn said. “I’ll hope for the best and try not to think too far ahead.”
“I like her chances,” Mondrella said.