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Bing Singhsumalee watches drive from tee sixth hole during first day play IJGA-CDGA Junior Amateur Golf tournament Mill Creek Golf

Bing Singhsumalee watches a drive from the tee on the sixth hole during the first day of play at the IJGA-CDGA Junior Amateur Golf tournament at Mill Creek Golf Club in Geneva. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 14, 2012 10:09PM

Somonauk senior Jessica Schultz put the finishing touches on her golf career by accomplishing her goal at the Class A state tournament in Decatur, notching the third top-10 finish of her career.

Playing in the only one of the five state tournaments that actually played a second round Saturday, the rest were cancelled due to rain, Schultz shot a 76 Saturday at Red Tail Run to tie her for eighth with a two-day total of 158. She tied for second as a freshman and tied for sixth as a sophomore, also reaching state as a junior.

“It’s amazing to qualify four times and place in the top 10 three times,” Somonauk coach Curt Alsvig said. “There is a lot of pressure on her. But to lead the team down here and get a top 10, I couldn’t be much happier.”

The Bobcats made their first appearance at state as a team since 1978, and they shot their best round of the season, a 371, Saturday to help them take 10th as a team in Class A.

“Having to go down by myself every year was kind of lonely,” Schultz said.

“This is like my second family. I’m comfortable around them. Having them down here meant a lot, especially my last year. I don’t think I could have done it without my coach and the support from my team.”

Rosary junior Victoria Phipps shot a two-day total of 179 to tie for 50th and Plano freshman Rylie Loux shot a 184 to tie for 58th.

In the Class AA meet, which was called after one round, Waubonsie Valley sophomore Bing Singhsumalee finished tied for 16th with a 79 at Hickory Point in Decatur.

She stumbled down the stretch after starting out 2-under through five holes. Singhsumalee was fourth as a freshman a year ago and created a buzz across the state with her 64 at regionals.

“When you shoot a 64 and have to come back from that, it’s always tough,” Waubonsie coach John Farnan said.

“It’s funny; everybody in the state knew she shot a 64. A 79 is a decent score, and everyone was wondering what was going on with her. Those are the kind of expectations everyone has for her.”

Singhsumalee’s teammate, senior Courtney Williams, shot a 90.

Kaneland’s boys were happy to make their first state appearance since 1995 at the Class 2A meet at Weibring Golf Club in Normal.

Unfortunately for the Knights, they shot an uncharacteristic 341 on Friday to tie for 10th with Mt. Zion. Saturday’s second round was washed out due to rain.

“It’s kind of bittersweet for us,” Kaneland coach Mark Meyer said.

“We were very excited to make it downstate as a team. That was one of our goals from the beginning of the season.

“The kids were a little disappointed about how they played. They were excited to get out there and end it on a positive note, and we started well (Saturday).”

Junior Matt Yonkovich shot an 83 to pace Kaneland. Aurora Central Catholic junior Sean Harreld shot an 84 to tie for 50th.

In the Class 3A meet at The Den at Fox Creek in Bloomington, Yorkville junior Evan Dill shot a 79 to tie for 33rd place and Marmion senior Liam Creamer shot an 86.

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