Neuqua Valley's Jessica Yuen approaches the green during the Vern McGonagle Invitational on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. | Mike Mantucca / For Sun-Times Media
With one of the state’s top golfers at the top of the lineup, Waubonsie Valley has been close to reaching the Class AA girls golf state tournament the past couple of years despite not having a full roster.
This season, with only four varsity golfers, including two freshmen, the Warriors look poised to make another run. Especially with senior Bing Singhsumalee in the lead.
For the second straight day, the Warriors won a tournament. Monday, they went to Coyote Run and won the loaded Marian Catholic Invite with a 316. They followed it up Tuesday with a 340 at the notoriously difficult Naperville Country Club to win the McGonagle Naperville City Championship.
Singhsumalee was the medalist with a 75.
“I’m very happy,” Waubonsie coach John Farnan said. “I couldn’t have asked for a start like we had. I don’t know which one is better — 340 is a great score on this course. And to get all four under 100, there have been years out here where there have only been five girls total under 100.”
It was a steady round for the University of Illinois-bound Singhsumalee, who topped her close friend and defending state champion, Neuqua Valley junior Jessica Yuen, by four strokes.
“My approach shots were really straight,” Singhsumalee said. “My putting wasn’t fantastic, but it was steady. It’s pretty cool (to start out with two invite wins as a team). We definitely have a solid two and three and our four is pretty solid, so I think we’re in great shape this season.”
Singhsumalee is flanked by junior Kayla McHale and a pair of freshmen, Kerrigan Boose and Arushi Singh. McHale and Singh each shot 83s, which tied Benet’s Isabella Abdullah for third place. Boose carded a 99.
Yuen is in the midst of swing changes despite winning last year’s Class AA individual state title over Singhsumalee. She started out solid, making the turn at even par, but a string of five bogeys was her undoing. She finished her day on the first hole with a double bogey.
“I don’t know, my drives weren’t going as straight as I wanted them to be, the wind picked up, it started raining a little bit,” Yuen said. “It was kind of rough. It was up and down.”
Naperville North secured second place with a 362 behind an 85 from Jaycie Waite and an 89 from Lauren Nay. Benet edged Neuqua by a stroke for third, carding a 375.
Metea Valley had two strong scores at the top to put together a 381. Katelyn Kline shot an 87, while Niquole Mangal added a 90. Naperville Central shot a 394 behind a 92 from Stephanie Robinson.