Lutheran cruises to take BNC Girls Golf Championship Title

Poplar Grove, Ill. Rockford Lutheran's girls golf team has high expectations after finishing third at state last year, but before they can head back to Decatur, the Lady Crusaders first intimidate to win the Big Northern Conference meet.

Stillman Valley and Winnebago put up a good fight at Timber Pointe Golf Course in Poplar Grove on Wednesday, but the 'Saders were hard to match. Returning their entire team from last year, Lutheran was led by Natalie Hooper, shooting a conference-best 81, plus newcomer, freshman Brighton Young with an 83.

Lutheran took the conference title with a team score of 335, 81 strokes ahead of Stillman Valley in second, with Winnebago placing in third place, and Byron in fourth.