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BETH LILLIE AND TROY PLACE FIRST AT SOCAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

By Damian Dottore

When Beth Lillie was warming up on the range on Thursday at Arrowhead Country Club, the Troy senior thought she might be in for a long day.

She wasn’t hitting the ball nearly as good as she could.

Over the weekend, she made her official visit to Virginia, and she didn’t make it back home until Monday. She hadn’t touched a club in close to a week.

And she could feel the rust as she got ready to tee off in the WSCGA Southern California Girls Glolf Regional Championship.

Once she got on the course, though, things couldn’t have been more different. Suddenly, she was hitting her irons nearly perfect, all her putts seemed to find the bottom of the cup, and she was on her way to the lowest round of her career.

Lillie finished with seven birdies and an eagle to card a 7-under-par 65 to win the individual championship and also help Troy cruise to a 14-stroke victory in the team competition at the tournament.

“I have never gone really, really low in tournaments. Usually, I am just pretty steady,” she said. “This just shows you what happens in warm up doesn’t really matter. This feels really good.”

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