Lila Galeai Comes From Behind To Win 115th Utah Women’s State Amateur

Jul 2, 2021, 10:19 AM
Lila Galea’i holds the trophy after winning the final round of the Women’s State Am golf tourna...
Lila Galea’i holds the trophy after winning the final round of the Women’s State Am golf tournament against Berlin Long at Oakridge Country Club in Farmington on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Galea’i won on the 19th hole. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – BYU Women’s Golfer Lila Galeai has won the 115th Utah Women’s State Amateur after beating Alpine teenager Berlin Long in a playoff at Oakridge Country Club.

Galeai, a freshman at BYU, made a birdie putt on the 17th hole before closing her round with a par on 18 to extend play and force a playoff. Galeai is the first Utah Women’s State Amateur to require extra holes since the tournament went to a match play format in 2011.

She is also the first winner that was required to win five consecutive matches as the tournament field was expanded to 32 this year.

The playoff hole was the par 5 1st. A long, straight hole that requires confidence and skill as the green is surrounded by a body of water.

But by the time the playoff began, Galeai was soaring. Her birdie on 17 and par on 18 extended the match despite being down two holes with just two remaining. Long’s confidence was low and Galeai was starting to find her groove.

Unfortunately, the playoff loss for Long was not her first. Just three weeks ago she lost in the Girls 15-18 final match in the State Junior Amateur at Soldier Hollow Golf Course after her opponent birdied the 18th and 19th holes.

“Definitely very similar,” Long said. “I came up a little short in both of them, but I played good golf both weeks the whole time, so I can’t be too mad about it.”

Galeai is the 3rd 18-years or younger winner over the past 4 years, joining Tess Blair and Grace Summerhays as teenage victors.





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Lila Galeai Comes From Behind To Win 115th Utah Women’s State Amateur