Girls golf: Bing Singhsumalee shoots 64 as Waubonsie Valley wins regional

Story Image Waubonsie Valley's Bing Singhsumalee watches her tee shot during the West Aurora Class 3A Girls Golf Regional at Phillips Park in Aurora on Wednesday, Oct. 03, 2012. | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media
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Updated: October 3, 2012 8:09PM

By Waubonsie Valley sophomore Bing Singhsumalee’s lofty standards, she had been struggling as of late.

She shot a 77 at the Upstate Eight Conference meet last week and admitted she had been having trouble with her distance recently.

Wednesday at Phillips Park at the Class AA West Aurora Regional, Singhsumalee solved those problems and then some.

Despite rainy, dreary conditions, Singhsumalee shot the round of her life — an eight-under 64 — to lead Waubonsie to the team title, cruise to the individual title by six strokes over Neuqua Valley freshman Jessica Yuen and obliterate her own personal and program record for low round by five strokes.

“It’s unbelievable,” Waubonsie coach John Farnan said. “I’ve never seen a round like that at regionals, sectionals, anywhere.”

On her 16th birthday, Singhsumalee was one-under through four holes. Then she went on an unbelievable run. She birdied six of her next seven holes, including lipping out a potential hole-in-one on No. 10. That left her at seven-under through 11 holes. The final three of her 10 birdies and her two bogeys on the day came later in the round, giving her the remarkable final score of 64.

“After the front nine I was five-under, and it was starting to get to me a little bit,” Singhsumalee said of the realization of the round she was putting together. “But then I was like, ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’ I mean, I’m five-under. Then I almost made a hole-in-one on 10, so I just relaxed. Everything just fit for me today. It was just a really good day for me.”

Singhsumalee’s round helped the Warriors to a 324 team score to top Neuqua by 13 strokes for the win. Courtney Williams was third individually with an 81 and Rebecca O’Bryan overcame a nasty virus to card an 84 to help send Waubonsie to next week’s sectional at Randall Oaks.

“Our goal the whole year has been getting the whole team down to state,” Farnan said. “I was a little nervous in the beginning because we’re not real healthy right now. Rebecca, that’s the reason we shot what we did. For her to come out in the condition she is in is unbelievable.”

Singhsumalee’s record-setting round overshadowed Yuen’s two-under 70 for Neuqua in her first postseason appearance. Singhsumalee and Yuen both played in the same group.

“I just try to play my game and pretty much don’t let someone else make me feel pressure,’ Yuen said. “I just went out and played the best I could. I know Bing well. She made birdie after birdie, I was just amazed. I just tried to make birdies and not match her, but just shoot a low round.”

Kyleigh Dallner added an 84 for Neuqua. The Wildcats shot their second-best round of the season Wednesday, trailing only the 329 that won the Hersey tournament earlier this season.

“To shoot that at regionals when you know there’s pressure on, that’s good,” Neuqua coach John Keller said. “I’m real happy with that. All year I had been saying that our goal would be to advance to sectionals. Once we get to sectionals, let’s see what happens there.”

Metea Valley completed a clean sweep of Indian Prairie programs advancing to sectionals by placing third with a 351. Freshman Niquole Mangal and senior Anna Petersen tied for team honors by each shooting 82s.

West Aurora finished fourth as a team, but the Blackhawks do send three individuals to sectionals. Kara Smith (85), Mackenzie Fabrizius (91) and Jordan Lange (92) all move on. Batavia’s Sierra McNee (88) and Lauren Anderson (90) as well as Oswego East’s Nikki Funk (93) all advanced as individuals.

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