DECATUR — Waubonsie Valley senior Bing Singhsumalee did all she could do in her quest to end her career with a state championship.
Her final nine holes were a microcosm of her success over four years — four birdies, no bogeys, and a 32. That gave her a 69 in her final round at Saturday’s Class AA state meet at Hickory Point in Decatur.
But for the second straight year, it wasn’t enough to catch friend and rival Jessica Yuen of Neuqua Valley. Yuen also shot a 69, thanks to birdies on Nos. 16 and 17, to bring home her second straight state title,and leave Singhsumalee with second again.
Singhsumalee shot a two-day total of 144, two strokes behind Yuen.
“My whole goal was to be consistent in this tournament,” Singhsumalee said. “Winning would have been nice, but I’m glad I stuck with it. Jess played great. I’m glad that I was able to finish my high school career with a good 18, and nine. I’m looking forward to starting a new chapter of golf (at the University of Illinois).”
Singhsumalee set the tone for her career by finishing fourth at state as a freshman. She leaves as the most decorated golfer in Waubonsie history.
“I’m speechless right now, just to think what she’s done the last four years,” Waubonsie coach John Farnan said. “I’ll never have another player like her ever again.”
As a team, Waubonsie struggled to a 350 Friday, but rebounded in a big way Saturday. The Warriors shaved 21 strokes off of that to wind up finishing seventh, a mere stroke behind the fifth-place tie of Prospect and Sandburg.
“For the second day, they had an awesome day,” Farnan said. “(Aside from Singhsumalee) it was their first experience going through the state tournament. It was amazing to me that they were able to handle the pressure like that.”
Freshman Arushi Singh shot an 83 Saturday to give her a two-day score of 169, good for a tie for 53rd. Junior Kayla McHale (180) tied for 78th, freshman Kerrigan Boose (186) tied for 90th, senior Kendall O’Sullivan (198) tied for 103rd and junior Alyssa Sibley (229) was 113th.
A pair of Metea Valley juniors also played well in their return to the state meet. Niquole Mangal shot an 80 Saturday for a two-day total of 162, good for a tie for 25th. Katelyn Kline overcame a quadruple bogey to post a 79 Saturday, giving her a 165 two-day tally, which tied for 38th.
Yorkville junior Louisa Washburn (172) tied for 62nd, while Kaneland senior Tori Guyton (179) tied for 76th.
Across town in Decatur at Red Tail Run in the Class A meet, Plano junior Rylie Loux had a solid finish. Her two-day total of 162 put her in a four-way tie for 11th.