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12-Year-Old Sets Women’s Record At Elkdale CC

SALAMANCA — Lily Zhang of Amherst broke the Elkdale Country Club women’s course record on Sunday while playing in the WNYPGA Junior Golf Tour.

The 12-year-old, who plays out of Park Country Club in Williamsville, carded an 8-under 62 from the No. 4 tees (4,948 yards), thanks to nine birdies and one bogey. The bogey came on her final hole.

“I was called by a parent on the course (who was) watching. He told me, ‘You have to come out and watch. Lily is 7-under par after 11 holes.’ So I drove out to watch and saw her birdie 13 and 14 to go 9-under par. At that point I thought I might witness a 59, especially with three very good birdie chances coming in 15, 17 and 18.

“Unfortunately, the playing conditions were difficult. The wind was blowing 10 to 20 mph and the greens were firm. She made par on 15, 16 and 17, and in one of her only mistakes of the day failed to chip in close on 18 and missed a 6-foot putt. She has a beautiful, smooth, flowing swing and obvious knowledge of the game you just don’t see in someone so young.”

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