by Mike Slodki
It was almost a charmed State trip for Kanelandâ€™s Hayley Guyton.
A team captain and a three-time State goer, Guyton was tied at the end of regulation play with a score of 145, but bogeyed on the par four playoff hole.
Meanwhile, Conantâ€™s Kris Yoo won her second straight Class 2A State championship at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale, Ill.
Guytonâ€™s journey to the elite grouping marks the best finish for a KHS golfer in history.
â€œI think I accomplished a lot by getting all the way to second,â€ Guyton said. â€œI think Iâ€™ve improved a lot since freshman year.â€
Guytonâ€™s 2007 State trip saw her finish in 68th place, while last yearâ€™s excursion had her finish 42nd.
The most encouraging aspect of Guytonâ€™s game, according to the junior, was something that she originally had thought of as a weaknes.
â€œMy putting got really good down there. Usually Iâ€™m not that great at putting. All the girls were really good that were golfing with me,â€ Guyton said.
The junior was one over par after 18 holes of action. Ember Schuldt of Sterling was in third place at three over. Homewood-Flossmoor won the team title.
With the golf season now concluded, Kaneland golf sees the departure of seniors Andrew Eberle, J.C. Gillett, Jon Hedrick, Tyler Hochsprung, Hayden Senese and Kyle Straughn.
Photo: Lady Knight junior Hayley Guyton did coach Mark Meyerâ€™s roster proud with a second-place medalist showing in Carbondale, Ill. at the girls golf Class 2A State final. Conantâ€™s Kris Yoo out-performed Guyton in a playoff. Photo by Mike Slodki