Marist senior Hunter Guest had some simple advice this year for her younger sister, Devin, as the sophomore prepared for her first season on the varsity golf team.
However, it wasn’t about swing path or strategy because Hunter knew Devin belonged on the team; she told her to just stay positive.
“Playing with juniors and seniors, that can be intimidating,” Hunter said. “I told her, ‘Don’t let anyone intimidate you. You’re where you’re supposed to be, and you’re just as good as they are.’”
Mt. Greenwood residents and Queen of Martyrs Elementary School graduates, Hunter and Devin continue to be a force for the RedHawks.
On Oct. 10 at the Class 2A Shepard regional at Lincoln Oaks Golf Course in Crete, Hunter shot 78 to lead Marist (340) to a second-place finish.
Also scoring for the RedHawks were senior Tyler Murray (87), sophomore Mallorie Clifton (87) and senior Olivia Bridgeman (88). Devin Guest shot 91.
The top three teams and top 10 individuals from non-qualifying teams advanced to the Sandburg sectional on Oct. 14, after press time, at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park.
Leading the RedHawks, Hunter posted a 1-over 36 on the back nine. She credited her strong play off the tee on Lincoln Oaks’ long par-5 holes.
“It took me a while to get into the round,” Hunter said. “I fixed my driver, and that started working. I got it together with my putting, got into the zone and performed well. I wanted to take advantage of those par fives.”
Hunter birdied holes 5 and 14, which are par 5.
She is planning to commit to Illinois Wesleyan University in the coming weeks.
In addition to helping the team perform well and working toward her personal goals, Hunter has enjoyed being a mentor to Devin whenever needed.
After all, it wasn’t too long ago that Hunter was a sophomore up on varsity.
“It’s nice that she’s on the team my senior year, but it’s bittersweet, too, because I get to spend one last year with her,” Hunter said. “You try and guide and help and teach some pointers. I try and do my best so she can do her best, too.”
In eighth grade at Queen of Martyrs, both Hunter and Devin won the individual title at the Southside Catholic Conference meet and also helped lead the Wildcats in winning the Gold Ball championship.
For these sisters, Devin said, the competition keeps rolling.
“It’s more like I’m trying to beat Hunter all the time,” Devin said with a laugh. “She’s always trying to help me out. It’s hard to take at times, but I know she’s in it to help me. We’re on the same path. She understands what I’m going through. It helps a lot to be able to come home and talk about your round.”
Splitting time between JV and varsity as a freshman, Devin made the most of her sophomore season playing exclusively with the varsity, especially in adjusting to a full round of 18 holes. The other sophomore on varsity this year is Delaney Bullington.
Devin said that listening to her sister paid off.
“This was one of my best rounds,” Devin said. “I wasn’t doing too hot early [this season], but Hunter said that by conference I’d be playing better. I did. You just keep the pedal to the metal and get it going.”