FARMINGTON, Utah — Lila Galeai rallied to win the one hundred and fifteenth Utah Ladies’s State Novice on Thursday at Oakridge Nation Membership, beating Berlin Lengthy in 19 holes.
Galeai, who will likely be a sophomore at BYU this yr, was down two with two holes to play, so she wanted to make a birdie on the seventeenth gap, or the match was over.
That was one thing Galeai had did not do to that time on the again 9, lacking three or 4 very makable birdie makes an attempt. However after bombing her drive simply wanting the inexperienced, Galeai chipped it up near the outlet and made a clutch birdie putt to win the outlet. That was the turning level of the match.
“I simply visualized what I needed to see, and that was simply agency and proper into the outlet,” stated Galeai. “I missed a variety of birdie alternatives. I feel that is what simply pushed me and motivated me to make that, and I did.”
Lengthy, who will likely be a senior at Lone Peak Excessive College, nearly gained the match on the 18th gap, even after hitting her second shot in a greenside bunker. Her third shot ended up on the perimeter, however her chip shot from there almost went in for par, which might have gained the match. As an alternative, Lengthy made a bogey and Galeai gained the outlet with a par to even the match and pressure an additional gap.
“I hit it proper the place I needed to and thought it had a extremely good likelihood,” stated Lengthy. “It is type of a bummer.”
Galeai reached the par 5 first gap in two photographs, giving her an eagle putt on the primary additional gap. After a pleasant lag putt by Galeai, Lengthy missed her birdie putt and conceded the match to Galeai.
“It was positively a curler coaster, it wasn’t straightforward,” stated Galeai. ” I knew it would not be straightforward this entire week, particularly going up in the present day towards Berlin. We have been mates ever since we have been little, so I simply knew it could be an excellent battle in the present day.”