It wasn’t much of a surprise to see two of the state’s top returning golfers pace the action in the season-opening Marian Catholic Invitational on Monday.
Waubonsie Valley’s Bing Singhsumalee, the reigning Class 2A runner-up, carded a sizzling 3-under 68 at Coyote Run in Flossmoor to win the 15-team, 73-person field. Singhsumalee’s round was five strokes better than last season’s winner.
“Three birdies and a lot of pars,” said Singhsumalee, an Illinois recruit. “It was nice and easy. I just wanted to come out and have fun. This is for the team to warm up and get ready for all our matches. I think we started off great.”
Singhsumalee’s round featured a 33 on the back nine as she fended off Lincoln-Way East’s Kelly Sterling, an Illinois-Chicago recruit, who was second with a 73.
“I was kind of all over the place after my first six holes, but then it started getting better,” Sterling said. “It was my putting — they just weren’t dropping.”
Waubonsie Valley took the team title with a score of 316. Kayla McHale and Arushi Singh finished in the top 10 with 80s for the Warriors.
Naperville North finished second behind Jaycie Waite’s 81.
Fenwick’s Stephanie Mroz placed third with a 75 in leading the Friars to a third-place finish.
Benet’s Isabella Abdullah (78) and Providence’s Alyssa Gromala (79) rounded out the top five individuals. Gromala also finished first in the longest-drive contest, blasting her tee shot 251 yards on No. 6.
“Grip it and rip it,” Gromala said with a laugh. “I dropped 10 to 15 strokes from last year to this year, so everything is much better.”
Downers North finished fourth with a 357. Providence and Naperville Central tied for fifth at 359.
Providence’s Nicki Griffith won the “Closest to the Pin” medal, landing 16 inches from the par-3 fifth hole.