Storied KHS golfer sharpened skills at Illinois Women’s Open
by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—For those that missed last week’s golfing performance from Sugar Grove resident and former Kaneland golfer Hayley Guyton, she laughed while offering, “You didn’t miss much.”
That’s just the level of standard that the current Illinois State University women’s golfer and four-time IHSA State qualifier holds herself.
Guyton still managed to finish 39th at the July 25-27 2012 Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, Ill. The pool of nearly 100 competitors was mostly concentrated in the Midwest.
“It was great to see people from the college meets there, and it’s good to compete against them in the summer,” Guyton said. “It’s fun to get to compare where we’ve been.”
Guyton managed to hold her own with scores of 76, 80 and 82.
Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., native Samantha Troyanovich took the open with a total tally of 215.
Guyton, who finished in second place at the 2009 IHSA State meet after a playoff, competes at around five tournaments a summer including a 2012 Naperville Women’s City Championship-best 76 back in June, when she’s not suiting up in the Bloomington-Normal, Ill. area for the Lady Redbirds.
But even Guyton can get rattled occasionally, which she admitted occurred in her first collegiate year.
“The level of competition and ability against the other teams was really high and you found yourself having to play differently, but I am golfing with a lot more confidence now,” Guyton said.
As part of a Redbirds squad that missed a Missouri Valley Conference crown by three strokes, Guyton is eager to show her skills with a year of collegiate play under her belt for a roster with multiple conference titles.
“I love getting out and playing all the courses, like the one at Missouri. I’m playing in the evenings and at the course all weekend, and I’m up for it and really excited. It didn’t sit well with us when we lost,” Guyton said.
Sixth-year ISU coach Darby Sligh has offered valuable help with Guyton’s game as it continues to transition.
“My coach really helped me, and now I’m really practicing with more confidence,” Guyton said. “I’m lacing the ball more.”
Guyton and the rest of the Redbird crew will putt against the field at its very own Redbird Invitational at Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9. ISU also treks to the island of Oahu in March 2013 for the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational.
Wherever the course, Guyton is using the action locally to up her golf game.
“I have a purpose out there.”