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Rockford Jefferson golfer Cynthia Bounleutay tees off during the final round of the Class AA State Girls Tournament at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur.

DECATUR - With her team leading by four strokes over Winnetka New Trier prior to the second round, Mount Prospect senior Allison Walsh said her game plan was to simply par every hole.

On the par-5 second, Walsh went above and beyond the game plan with an eagle.

"I guess an eagle is nice; not exactly a par," Walsh said. "I hit my first shot in the rough. Then I hit my next shot; I was 200 yards away, and I hit my 4-hybrid over the trees, and it was six feet away, and I made the putt. (Those were) just good shots."

Walsh finished the round with a 72 for a two-day total of 149, good enough for first place in the IHSA Class AA State Girls Golf Tournament at Hickory Point Golf Course.

"I never expected that, ever," Walsh said. "There are great players here. I don't know what else to say. I'm just speechless. The whole team worked so hard during the whole year to play well, and you never know if you're going to play well or not. It's amazing."

Mount Prospect came out a winner as well, as its team score of 643 beat New Trier by seven strokes for a first-place finish. The Knights' state championship is the school's first in any girls sport.

"It's an unreal feeling," Mount Prospect coach Jim Hamann said. "These kids have played with a purpose since June, and today they accomplished that purpose. I don't know what to say at this point. We're very proud to bring back this trophy to our school. It's a great thing for the community."

Connie Ellett of Hampshire finished in second place individually, shooting a 73 in round two to finish with a score of 150, one stroke behind Walsh.

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"I thought I played great today," Ellett said. "My chipping and putting were really consistent. I made a couple of long putts, which got me going. A 73 is nothing to be ashamed of."

Alexandra Harkins of Crystal Lake Central shot a 151 to finish in third place. Aurora Waubonsie Valley freshman Bing Singhsumalee, who entered the second round with the individual lead, finished tied for fourth with Buffalo Grove's Grace Kil with a score of 152.

"It was fun," Singhsumalee said about her first trip to the state tournament. "I thought the people were nice, and I met a lot of new people here."

Defending individual champion Stephanie Miller of Lincolnshire Stevenson finished sixth with a score of 155.

"A lot of girls did really well today," Miller said. "Allison Walsh came out and played remarkable. I'm very happy for her. It couldn't have happened to a nicer girl."

For Mount Prospect, Christine Garmoe contributed to the team score by shooting a 165. Kiley Walsh and Emma Menich finished with scores of 167 and 172, respectively.

For New Trier, Elizabeth Szokol led the way with a 158, good enough to finish in a four-way tie for seventh place individually.

"We definitely wanted to defend our title, but we're still really happy that we got second," Szokol said. "That's a great accomplishment being second in the state. Prospect played great both days and had a great season."

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