Timpview Defeats 5A Field For State Title, Seo Wins Medalist Honors | High school girls golf


The best competition for the Timpview Girls’ Golf Team at the 5A State Tournament turned out to be themselves.

The T-Birds set a team goal to score 315 or better on Day 1, and they hit 311. On Day 2, the goal was 309. They scored 308.

The rest took care of themselves.

Timpview passed the rest of the field by a whopping 111 strokes to win the state team title on Tuesday at the Oaks in Spanish Fork, scoring a total of 619 in two days. Olympus was second at 730 and Bonneville third at 732.

The T-Birds won the Region 8 tag team title by more than 200 strokes and led the 41-stroke 5A tournament after day one, so Timpview coach Jeff Ward gave his golfers a chance to get in. focus on themselves.

“We try to set a team goal every day of the tournament,” said Ward. “And that’s what worries us. I tell them, “Look, if we can shoot this, we’ll be fine.” Obviously after yesterday, having the look we had, I just wanted them to come out and focus and play for it. It was fun. I am so happy with my daughters.

Junior Sunbin Seo burned the last nine with birdies on four of the last six holes to win medal honors, shooting a 68 and finishing with a total of 139 (-7) over two days. Teammate Rachel Lillywhite, the leader after matchday one, was second with 142 (-4) and rookie Emma Lillywhite fourth with 153 (+7).

“I think I wanted to stay calm and play my own game and knock the putts down,” said Seo, who was fourth in freshman in 2019 when the T-Birds won the school’s first women’s golf title. . “I was getting closer to the top nine, but I just couldn’t let anything go. I finally got it on the back nine and my putts started to fall.

Seo paid tribute to assistant coach Michelle Landers for walking with her the majority of Day 2 to help keep her relaxed.

“I think it’s a blast,” Seo said. “I love my team. As golf is an individual sport, I am always focused on myself, but I love to walk the course, greet my teammates and see how they are doing. That’s what keeps me going. play better and really motivates me.

Juniors Keilani Hanamaikai (22nd), Kami Howard (35th) and Lucy Thorsenson (55th) complete the top six of Timpview. Howard, the team’s No.5 golfer, shot her lowest end of the year at 91.

“The girls were just excited to play,” Ward said. “Honestly, that was the most important thing. Last year, the UHSAA canceled the season (due to COVID-19) during our first regional golf tournament. I got a call over the AD course saying we had been canceled. The girls were just thankful to start playing again and see what we could do.

Timpview’s top five golfers are four juniors and a freshman.

“Each of them will be back with me next year,” Ward said. “This group is having a lot of fun. Our team van rides are awesome. We had music from “Rocky” this morning, chosen by Rachel.

When asked if she liked her teammate’s old-fashioned music selections, Seo replied, “No. I listen to KPop and Korean music, so it’s foreign to me.

The way Seo played during the tournament likely earned him the right to hear a little Blackpink on his way back to Provo on Tuesday.

“We haven’t given in to him yet,” said Ward, laughing. “Maybe we’ll do it this afternoon on the way home.”

Lehi finished eighth in the team race behind Patiola Uluave (seventh at +29) and Brooke Anderson (tied ninth at +33).

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