Girls Golf: Bad weather no bother for Libertyville’s Ou
Libertyville senior Camilla Ou swings her way out of a sand trap during the Libertyville Invite at the Pine Meadow Golf Club in Mundelein last Thursday. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media
LIBERTYVILLE INVITE At Pine Meadow (par 72) Team Scores
At Pine Meadow (par 72)
Team Scores1) Lake Forest 344
2) Libertyville 354
3) Carmel 368
4) Deerfield 379
5) Vernon Hills 391
6) Lake Zurich 407
1) Camilla Ou (Lib) 76
2) Paige Skinner (LF) 83
3) Lauren Wyatt (LF) 84
4T) Lauren Kelsey (Deer) 85
4T) Lauren Dohse (Lib) 85
6) Emily Young (LF) 86
7) Kayla Ryan (Car) 88
8T) Bella Bagshaw (Car) 90
8T) Taylor Smith (Car) 90
10T. Paige Webb (Lib) 91
10T) Corrinne Donahue (LF) 91
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:49AM
Not rain, not mist, not wind could deter Libertyville High School girls golf standout Camilla Ou.
Competing in the six-team Libertyville Invitational — held at challenging Pine Meadow Golf Course, in Mundelein, on Aug. 16 — Ou dominated the field to earn medalist honors by a whopping seven shots.
She fired a 4-over-par 76, safely clear of Lake Forest’s No. 1 player, Paige Skinner, who was second with 83.
Skinner and Lauren Wyatt (84) led the Scouts to the team title with a four-player, 18-hole score of 344. That was 10 shots better than Libertyville’s total.
Ou played the back nine first, and shot 4-over 40, and then played even par on the front side to win the tourney.
It was her second good round in three days, as she shot 77 to finish seventh at the Barrington Invitational on Aug. 14.
“I just kind of blocked out all the mist and drizzle,” Ou said. “I was able to stay focused somehow and get in a good rhythm.”
Ou noted that her short game has been solid so far this season.
“If there’s one area I’ve improved in this year, it’s my short game,” she said. “That’s where I’ve been scoring. I was kind of a mess during the summer. I was in the 90s a lot. I was kind of burnt out, so getting back together with the team, I was able to have fun, and started playing better.”
The happiest girl on the course was Lake Forest’s Wyatt, whose final tally of 84 basically clinched the overall title for the Scouts.
“It was a good round for me — I feel like I had a good strategy,” she said. “The par 4s were pretty long, so I just tried to get it to the front of the green and play a bump-and-run. I was aiming for pars, but I was OK with bogeys.”
It’s her first year playing high school golf. A former cross country/track athlete, she had to stop competing due to stress fractures.
Wyatt comes from a golfing family, and did most of her playing when she was younger.
“I used to play once a year — over spring break,” she said.~