SPANISH FORK — Coming off two straight state titles — even when solely considered one of them will likely be counted within the Utah High School Activities Association — Timpview’s girls golf workforce knew a quick begin would go a good distance towards a 3rd championship Monday at Spanish Oaks.
Rachel Lillywhite was more than pleased to oblige.
Lillywhite shot a blistering 5-under-par 31 en path to 3-under 70 to steer the opening spherical of the Class 5A state meet, establishing the Thunderbirds’ 41-stroke lead.
Timpview, the reigning UHSAA champion from 2019 after the 2020 season was lower brief by the COVID-19 pandemic, was coming off a win in the Utah Section PGA unofficial state meet final May. But teammates have been divided over whether or not it “counted,” personally.
For Lillywhite, the meet helped validate the workforce’s season, proving they have been nonetheless those to beat in 5A.
“I contemplate it a state title,” Lillywhite stated. “I undoubtedly suppose our workforce was the very best final yr. We have been forward by 44 strokes … so if we win tomorrow, that is three in a row, and it could be nice to arrange for 4 in a row.”
Only one different participant shot under par Monday — Lillywhite’s teammate Sunbin Seo, who completed at 2-under 71. The duo will tee off within the ultimate two teams tomorrow because the Thunderbirds chase their third workforce title, second below UHSAA rules.
Seo climbed inside a stroke with a near-perfect 18th gap, together with an strategy shot inside six toes of the outlet. Not a foul end — even when the outlet did not begin effectively.
“In the start, I hit a fence put up and the ball went backward at me. So I simply knew I wanted to hit two clear photographs towards the inexperienced,” Seo stated. “Just preserve calm and do it — and I one way or the other managed to execute my plan. It felt good to have the ability to execute one thing effectively.”
Timpview leads the 5A Girls State Championship after rnd 1 at 311. Olympus is second at 352.
Timpview’s Rachel Lillywhite (-3) 70 and Sunbin Seo (-2) 71 lead the person race.
Photo gallery: https://t.co/PGScv7ymt7#UtahPGA#uhsaa#utahgolfpic.twitter.com/qHAVWv08e0
— Utah Section PGA (@UtahSectionPGA) May 11, 2021
Rachel Lillywhite shot a blistering 5-under 31 on the entrance 9, with birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 6, 7 and 9 in a bogey-free begin to the two-day state meet. She added a birdie on No. 10 that helped stave off hassle down the stretch, together with a double-bogey on the par-5 No. 18.
“Just off each tee, I used to be tremendous constant. That made it a lot simpler to get attractiveness on the greens, after which I had plenty of yardages that match my bag,” she stated. “It simply labored out very well.
“My purpose in the present day was a 68, and I felt like I might try this. By the time I obtained to 3-under, I used to be feeling fairly good. I simply stored sticking them shut from the green, and placing effectively. It snowballed.”
Playing within the ultimate teams, Timpview’s prime three golfers of the Lillywhite sisters and Seo have been the one three golfers to shoot below par by way of 11 holes.
Even although Emma Lillywhite dropped again, the Timpview trio continues to be three-fifths of the highest of the leaderboard in a dominating workforce exhibiting. Imagine what which means for the Thunderbirds’ follow rounds.
“It’s a lot enjoyable,” Rachel Lillywhite stated. “We exit and simply attempt to beat one another. But as soon as we get to a match, it is in regards to the workforce and increasing the rating.”
Added Seo: “We’re undoubtedly aggressive, however we’re additionally actually good associates.
“We generally scramble and cut up into completely different groups, so we get to trash-talk and get on one another’s nerves.”
Skyline’s Ashley Lam was third at 1-over 74, adopted by Bonneville’s Aubree Johnson (75) and Timpview’s Emma Lillywhite.
Olympus completed second as a workforce, 41 strokes behind Timpview at plus-60, adopted by Bonneville (+69), Skyline (+79) and Park City (+80).
The Thunderbirds cannot win a state title on the primary day. But they may lose it — and so they actually did not lose it after Monday’s spherical.
“Today’s sooner or later, and tomorrow is one other,” Seo stated. “But I undoubtedly suppose we did sufficient to do effectively.”
Team 10 groups superior to Day 2
Timpview +19, Olympus +60, Bonneville +69, Skyline +79, Park City +80, Alta +83, Lehi +86, Bountiful +93, Farmington +104, Springville +108.
Top 10 people
Rachel Lillywhite, Timpview — 70
Sunbin Seo, Timpview — 71
Ashley Lam, Skyline — 74
Aubree Johnson, Bonneville — 75
Emma Lillywhite, Timpview — 76
Vanna Einerson, Bountiful — 80
Rachel Moore, Olympus — 82
Kala Long, Olympus — 87
Emily Hawksworth, Park City — 87
Thea Maxwell, Olympus — 88
Full results available here.
Berlin Long completed second with 3-over 75 and teammate Carly Belliston was tied for fourth with 7-over 79 to assist Lone Peak fend off a bevy of challengers for first place after the opening spherical of the 6A state meet at The Ridge in West Valley City.
Herriman’s Millie Terrion leads the sphere with 1-over 73, and Westlake’s Cassidy Denning is third at 78.
The Knights cling to a five-shot lead over Corner Canyon and Davis, who’re tied for second with a workforce rating of 42-over 330. Herriman (+58) and Weber (+61) spherical out the highest 5.
Top 10 groups advance to Day 2
Lone Peak +37, Corner Canyon +42, Davis +42, Herriman +58, Weber +61, Pleasant Grove +64, West +77, American Fork +82, Riverton +84, Jordan +87
Top 10 people
Millie Terrion, Herriman — 73
Berling Long, Lone Peak — 75
Cassidy Denning, Westlake — 78
Carly Belliston, Lone Peak; Cheyenne Hansen, Davis — 79
Victoria Castro, Davis — 80
Navy Wood, Weber; Jane Olson, Riverton, CC Banz, West; Bella Boman, Corner Canyon — 81
Full outcomes available here.