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"I still had to get the job done today," Beaudreau said. "I'm really happy with my ball-striking going into state. I only missed three greens. If I continue to hit as many greens I think I have a good shot."
The top three teams, and top 10 individuals from non-qualifying events advanced. Hinsdale Central shot 315, beating Benet by five strokes to join Lincoln-Way Central (308) and Naperville North (312).
It's the 10th straight trip for Hinsdale, third in the state the last two years after winning titles in 2014 and 2015.
"It's a big relief for me," said Hinsdale senior Grace Owens, who shot her team's low score of 75. "We had a new team, a lot of girls with less experience. I definitely knew we had to go pretty low, lower than we have this season for the most part."
Owens is one of just three girls returning from last year's Hinsdale state lineup.
A latecomer to golf, Owens played with the JV team as a freshman, and alternated between JV and varsity as a sophomore.
"The girls before me really taught me a lot," Owens said. "I'm proud to continue our legacy."
Hinsdale Central remained on schedule for history. The Red Devils shot a team score of 290 for a 20-shot victory at the Class 3A South Elgin Sectional. Hinsdale Central this weekend will go for its seventh straight state title, which would match Normal U-High's record run in 2003-2009.
Mac McClear shot a 71 to lead five Hinsdale golfers in the 70s. Downers Grove North's Aidan Lafferty shot a 68 for a three-stroke win at Bartlett Hills.