DECATUR - Last year, Winnetka New Trier won the team title and Lincolnshire Stevenson's Stephanie Miller won the individual title at the IHSA Girls Class AA State Tournament in sunny, warm weather at Hickory Point Golf Course.
On Friday, freshman Bing Singhsumalee of Aurora Waubonsie Valley took the lead in round one in conditions that were not as warm and much windier.
"So far, (my experience is) so-so because it's really windy," Singhsumalee said. "I heard it was nice last year, and I was kind of hoping it would be nice this year, but it didn't turn out to be that way."
However, Singhsumalee fought through the windy conditions to shoot a 2-over 75. She birdied two back-nine holes, including the par-3 No. 16.
"I hit my hybrid really close to the hole," Singhsumalee said. "Well, not really close to the hole; it was average, but I made the putt for the birdie."
There was a three-way tie for second place, as Mount Prospect's Allison Walsh, Heather Ciskowski of Barrington and Connie Ellett of Hampshire each shot a 77.
"I didn't expect that at all," Walsh said. "I was just trying to play the course, not anyone else. It's a blessing that I was playing well at state."
Walsh helped her team take first place in the state tournament as Mount Prospect finished the day with a score of 325. Winnetka New Trier is in second place, four strokes behind the leader.
"We want to do big things here," Walsh said. "Hopefully, good things."
Walsh birdied the No. 7 and No. 11 holes en route to second place.
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"I had a couple of really long putts that I made, and that was just awesome," Walsh said. "It helped me so much with my confidence. It was kind of a long round, so it was really nice to have those putts to keep me moving forward."
Miller finished the day in a tie with Crystal Lake Central's Alexandra Harkins for fifth place, shooting a 78.
"I had a lot of grinding to do; lots of army golf," Miller said. "Left, right, left, right. I hit six fairways and 14 greens. Everybody was struggling today with the wind. We'll just see how things play out. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better."
Miller had a double bogey on the par-3 fourth and said she had two holes on which she required three putts on the green.
"Oh my goodness, the three-putts," Miller said. "It felt like so much more (than two). There was so much time taken on the greens because of the wind.
Singhsumalee said her plans for dethroning Miller in today's final round consist of keeping a sense of humility.
"I didn't really have any expectations for today," Singhsumalee said. "I didn't really want anything. I think I'm just going to do the same thing as (Friday) because it worked and just come in with no expectations. Whatever happens, happens."
For Mount Prospect, Noreen Caporusso, Kiley Walsh and Emma Menich shot 81, 83 and 84, respectively, to contribute to the team's first-place score.
Callie Nelson had a score of 79 lead Winnetka New Trier. Ellie McGuire shot an 80 and Elizabeth Szokol finished with a score of 82.
"We definitely always want to win," Szokol said. "But it's just really competitive, and we just want to play our best and enjoy the rest of our season."