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Stevenson's Miller at the top of her game

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Stevenson senior Stephanie Miller played in her final high school girls golf regional on Wednesday at Bonnie Dundee in Carpentersville.

And it ended the same as the first three -- with an individual title.

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But this one, in the Barrington Class AA regional, was special.

Miller fired a 32 on the front nine and 35 on the back to card a 5-under 67, tying her personal best high school round.

Miller's score lifted the Patriots to a fourth-place finish in the 11-team sectional. They missed qualifying for the Carmel sectional at Waukegan next Monday by 6 strokes behind third-place finisher Buffalo Grove.

Prospect won the title with a school-record 297 while Fremd was the runner-up at 323.

Miller's other 67s came last season at Bonnie Dundee and this season at the Mt. Prospect Golf Course in the Prospect Invite.

"I had heard the course record at Bonnie Dundee was 65 so I was going for that," said Miller, the state champ as a sophomore. "I was trying to beat that number but the course was a little too wet."

But it wasn't too slippery to prevent Miller from winning the event by 3 strokes over Prospect's Noreen Caporusso, who shot a Knights school record of 70.

"I love playing in the rain," Miller said. "I know you just have to deal with it. You have no other options so that just makes things easier for me."

Miller made it look easy throughout her round, coming up with birdies on holes No. 2, 3, 5 11 and 18. Her only bogey came with a 3-putt on No. 12.

She finished in style on the final hole, getting up and down from the sand with a 20-to-25 foot putt for birdie.

"It's been four great years of regionals," Miller said. " It's sad that I am going to be leaving, but I'll be going on to bigger and better things in college."

Miller has committed to Illinois.

But for now, she will commit herself to another solid round at Bonnie Brook on Monday in Waukegan.

She will be joined by teammate Nicole Marquardt, who tied for 15th in the regional with a score of 83.

Also qualifying were Lake Zurich's Kristina Kininmonth (20th) and Melissa Uhl (tied for 22nd), who won a playoff hole with two others after shooting a 90.

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