COLUMBUS — With a second day 3-over par round, Wilmington’s Lilly Middleton finished 11th in the OHSAA Division I Girls Golf Championship tournament.
Playing the Gray Course at Ohio State University, Middleton finished with a 36-hole total of 148. Middleton birdied the 12th hole in both rounds.
“I played very well,” she said. “I hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation.”
Middleton played the course to 5-over par in Friday’s opening round.
She is the first Wilmington High School golfer to play in the girls state tournament since Gabby Wedding in 2000.
On Saturday, Middleton said she hit her irons solid and straight but was unable to consistently make putts in the 8-12 foot range.
“There were a lot of putts that just ended up on the edge of the hole,” she said.
Middleton said she left a few shots on the course Saturday. On No. 11, she rolled a downhill put well past the hole and carded a three-putt bogey. On No. 13, Middleton was not set up well from the tee and bogeyed that hole as well.
“On the tee, I was most likely aimed right and that cross my mind right before I hit but I didn’t adjust for some reason,” she said.
Middleton’s improvement, though, from 75 on Friday to 73 on Saturday was one of her goals.
“I think that state tournament was an awesome experience and I am very happy I was able to compete in it my last year of high school golf,” she said. “I’m also very thankful for everyone who was there to support me. The weekend was so fun.”