Local notes: Elgin's Stephanie Miller takes Illinois Women's Open golf title

It's possible golfers from Elgin could win both the Illinois Open men's and women's titles this year.

While Larkin graduate Carlos Sainz Jr. ranks among the leaders during the men's tournament that concludes Wednesday at Royal Fox, area newcomer Stephanie Miller took the women's title last week at Mistwood.

Miller won two state high school titles at Stevenson, then moved to Elgin with her father, Alan. This fall, she will be a key senior for the Illinois women's golf team.

"I feel like that was probably the best golf I've played," Miller said about carding three straight scores of 69 at Mistwood.

It's the first time Millar had three consecutive under-par rounds in a tournament. She finished with a 9-under 207.

"I'm a better player overall now, more wise," Miller said. "It's not one part of my game, but feels like I'm just perfecting all the different parts of the game now."

Miller's goal is to eventually find her way on the LPGA Tour. If not, there's the possibility of becoming a club pro.

"There are always opportunities at golf courses for women, especially teaching the game — not so much as superintendent," Miller said.

Miller works this summer at Schaumburg Golf Club teaching youth clinics.

"I just love it, helping kids learn the game," Miller said. "There are a lot of different options beyond playing, but for now I'm focused on where I want to get to in golf as a player."

That includes helping the Illini make a run at the Big Ten title in the spring. She's a team leader, and one of her closer friends on the team is Waubonsie Valley graduate Bing Singhsumalee.

"I'm really excited about this season," Miller said. "I'm really looking for big things from Bing. She had an awesome freshman season and I think she's going to have some great tournaments this year."

As a practical joke, Miller once put sushi in Singhsumalee's golf bag.

"Yes, the smell wasn't good for a while," Miller said. "We're pretty close and joke around a lot. She's sort of like a little sister to me.

"I've known her since we played junior golf together, maybe at 8 years old, when her dad organized the World Youth Team Challenge."

A total of eight current and former Illini women's golfers played in the Illinois Women's Open, and six finished in the top 15. Singhsumalee took sixth at even-par 216.

Negron excels: Larkin's Christian Negron led Puerto Rico's national team to a fourth-place finish Saturday in the eight-team FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship at Valdivia, Chile.

Negron, a senior forward, led the tournament in rebounding with a 13.6 average, and was second in blocked shots with 12. He produced double-doubles in all five games and was ninth in scoring with a team-high 13.4 points.

Puerto Rico lost 59-58 in the third-place game to Brazil. The United States won the title with a 99-84 victory over Canada.

ECC change: Nate Rohrsen of South Elgin has been named women's volleyball coach at Elgin Community College. A 2013 Judson graduate, Rohrsen replaced Matt LeBlanc, who stepped down after last season.

Rohrsen served as co-head coach at Kishwaukee Community College last season and also coached club volleyball for Sky High. He was an assistant at Judson in 2014.

Led by all-conference middle hitter Kathryn Novy, ECC finished 14-23 last season.

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