The Vern McGonagle Naperville City Championship had it all Wednesday afternoon at the .
With the five public high schools’ boys and girls golf teams that Naperville encompasses in attendance, plus Benet, the respective individual and team champions traversed the spectrum.
Benet senior Conor Ryan, a White Eagle resident, and freshman sensation Bing Singhsumalee captured the individual titles; the boys team won its title on a fifth-card tiebreaker for the second straight year, while upstart Metea Valley won the girls division convincingly behind Anna Petersen, Natalya Schleebs and Alyna Vaughan.
Ryan was the lone competitor in the 36-player boys field to break par as the Redwings’ No. 1 golfer conquered the punishing greens at the par-36 back-nine layout with a 35.
“I had probably three one-putts,” Ryan said of his play on the inward nine. “Other than that, I was hitting a lot of greens [in regulation] and two-putting [for pars].”
Singhsumalee, on the other hand, is the face of the Warriors’ girls program after recording her third outstanding round in as many days to start the season.
The south Naperville resident has a pedigree few area golfers in recent memory can match, recording multiple wins last year in junior tournaments while still in middle school.
Singhsumale, coming off a two-under par 69 Tuesday at Bonnie-Dundee to earn medalist honors, was one under through four holes.
The Warriors’ ninth-grader would stumble down the stretch but earned another first-place medal by becoming the only female to break 40 with her two-over 38.
“I really just want to have fun,” Singhsumale said. “The strengths of my game are putting and irons. The thing I need to work on is putting on these fast greens.”
Metea Valley, meanwhile, welcomes its first class of seniors this fall.
Seniors Schleebs (41) and Vaughan (42) combined for an 81, but it was junior Petersen who put the Mustangs over the top with her 40, which tied Waubonsie Valley junior Courtney Williams’ total for second lowest among girls.
“I just tried to play safe and smart,” Petersen said. “I started off kind of rough with a double bogey. I settled down and focused on playing smart.”
The Mustangs’ 168 total was nine shots better than sister school Waubonsie; Benet was third behind Christy Callahan (41).
Naperville North and Naperville were paced by matching 42s from Caroline Pierson and Sarah DeGeeter.
North and Benet averaged 40 strokes per man with their cumulative 160 rounds, but Pat Hendrickson had a 42 that allowed the Huskies to retain the boys team crown.
Eric Izzo and Raymond Knoll, fifth in state last year in Class 3A for Naperville North, combined for a 79 with their rounds of 39 and 40.
“We’ve been playing well,” North coach Ryan Hantak said of his reigning third-in-state squad.
Ian Nebendahl (39), and Alec Meyer (38) led third- and fourth-place Valley and Waubonsie; freshmen Jaremy Forbes and Dayne Nelson paced Metea Valley.