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September 25, 2013

Geneva girls make it 3 PAC crowns in a row

The Geneva Eagles girls golf team is no stranger to success this time of year.

Over the past two seasons, coach Rob DiPofi’s Eagles have reached the Division II district tournament as a team after successful regular seasons.

As it has the past two seasons, DiPofi’s team will have momentum going into the tournament as Geneva won its third-straight Premier Athletic Conference title Tuesday.

“You always want to make sure you’re taking care of business in your conference,” he said. “Ultimately that’s the first goal. It’s neat for this group of kids. We had three holdovers from last year and three to five pitch in and help out. It’s been nice.

“This has been a pretty enjoyable year so far.”

Geneva clinched by winning a three-way match with Madison and North, firing a 183 compared to the Blue Streak’s 227 and the Rangers’ 263 at Madison Country Club on Tuesday.

Geneva was led by Danielle Nicholson’s 37 followed by a pair of 48s from Gillian DiPofi and Caitlin Skufca, Abbey Scoville’s 50, Megan Clark (52) and Megan Kern (54). The top four individual scores count toward a team’s total.

DiPofi said the success of his team is largely thanks to the quality it has behind its top players.

“It’s been a great team effort, not sure what else to say about it,” DiPofi said. “Everyone knows they have an opportunity to help us believes they can help. I think they just kind of sort of quietly go about their business. To a certain degree, everyone knows Danielle is an outstanding player.

“But all of then when they play kind of say, ‘hey, we can help out and make this a good team effort. We can help out with a solid score because we know there is going to be a good score out there.’”

Skufca is the lone senior on the team followed by five juniors and sophomore Alexa Hutchinson and Hannah Pakkala, who have contributed this season. Pakkala stepped in and shot a 49 in a recent league match against Lakeside.

Now, Geneva’s focus shifts to Monday’s Division II sectional tournament at Tamer Win.

“I like to think some of these guys have turned the corner,” DiPofi said. “The scores today were a little high but Madison plays a little longer and tougher so it’s good preparation for Tamer. Tamer is a Par 74, it’s Par 39 on the back so it’s long. I think we’ll be ready, hopefully everyone will be healthy.

“We’re gonna need to have a good performance.”

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