About the IWGA State Women’s Amateur

81st ILLINOIS WOMEN’S AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Crestwicke Country Club
Bloomington, IL
June 10 – 13, 2014

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16-YEAR OLD BING SINGHSUMALEE

CHIPS IN ON THE 19TH HOLE TO CLAIM

2013 IWGA WOMEN’S STATE AMATEUR CHAMPION

June 28, 2013.   On a perfect summer day at Cantigny Golf Club, Bing Singhsumalee, Naperville, conquered Cantigny and her opponent to win the 80th Annual Women’s State Amateur sponsored by the Illinois Women’s Golf Association.   Bing defeated Lauren English, Bloomington, on the 19th hole to win her first state amateur title.  Bing is a 16-year old student at Waubonsie Valley HS and has been playing golf since she was four.

Lauren English started playing competitive golf at age 5 with two siblings and her parents who are both golf pros at Crestwick Golf Club.   Lauren’s brother, Kyle, is an assistant pro at Crestwick and in the Illinois PGA program.   Lauren has a full ride to the University of Iowa on a golf scholarship.  She is majoring in business. 

Other flight winners were as follows:

First FlightConnie Ellett, Hampshire, won by default.  Connie will be a sophomore at NIU and competes on the NIU women’s golf team.  Twelve-year old Megan Furtney of South Elgin was unable to compete due to illness. 

Second FlightTaylor Ellett, Hampshire, defeated Hui Chong Dofflemyer, Belvidere, 4 & 3.

Taylor Ellett will be a senior at Northern Illinois University and plays golf for NIU. 

Third FlightAriana Furrie, St. Charles, defeated Hanna Netisingha, Carol Stream, 3 & 2.  Ariana will be attending Wagner College in NY and will compete on their golf team.   Hanna will be a senior at W. Chicago HS.   She is on their golf team and this is her first year in this tournament.

Fourth FlightChristine Garmoe, Arlington Heights, defeated Marisa Miko of Naperville, 7 & 5.

Christine plays golf for the Univ. of Wisconsin where she will be a sophomore.  This is her first year in the tournament.  Marisa graduated from N. Central College and will be student teaching this fall in music.  She played golf for 4 years at N. Central.

Fifth FlightCarolyn Wong, Naperville, defeated Monica Coleman, Long Grove, 3 & 1. Carolyn will be a junior at Wittenberg in Ohio.   Monica plays out of Pine Meadow and is on the staff at Cantigny in sports performance.

Sixth FlightTaylor Lambertsen, Palos Park, defeated Bailey Bostler of Lake in the Hills, 4 & 3.  Taylor will be a freshman at Tusculum College and playing on the golf team.  Bailey, playing in this tournament for the first time, will be a senior at Crystal Lake S. HS.

The IWGA annually sponsors and administers the Illinois State Women’s Amateur Championship.  The event is open to women and girls who are residents of Illinois and have a handicap index of 28.0 or less.

The tournament format is 18 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine the seeding of players into the match play.  The Championship Flight is comprised of the low 32 qualifiers with any ties for 32nd place being determined by sudden-death playoff.  All other flights are comprised of 8 players each.

ABOUT IWGA: Founded in 1933, the IWGA is an all-volunteer organization devoted to advancing golf opportunities for the women and girls of Illinois by conducting state championship tournaments and through fundraising to support charitable contributions to individual and organizations that embody the spirit of amateur golf.

In addition to running three state championship tournaments each year, the all-volunteer IWGA, through its charitable giving, actively supports women and girl golfers of all ages and skill levels through our Victory Endowment Fund. Annual contributions include grants to women’s golf teams in Illinois’ public colleges, stipends to USGA Junior qualifiers and State Team members. The IWGA also honors a junior golfer of outstanding character, scholarship, and sportsmanship with the prestigious Julia Dodds Junior Award. Funding for these and other charitable contributions comes primarily from clubs and associations sponsoring an annual Victory Tournament. Total contributions from the IWGA Victory Fund surpassing $1,000,000.