Not too long ago, Wilmington High School senior Lilly Middleton wasn’t sure she wanted to play golf in college.
Now she’s heading to the University of Dayton to play golf for the Flyers.
“When I visited the Dayton campus I found it pretty and liked the proximity to the buildings,” said Middleton, who ended his WHS golfing career placing 11th in the OHSAA Division women’s golf championship. I at Ohio State University on October 23. “Their athletic and academic facilities were very nice and I enjoyed talking to Coach (Ali) Green and some of the current team members when we visited. I think Coach Green is very determined and cares about building the program at UD.
Middleton is a two-time SBAAC Golfer of the Year and four-time SBAAC First Team Selection.
“Lilly was a great player to coach and an even better person,” said WHS women’s golf coach Pat Black. “It was a great pleasure to train her and see the player she has become. We are excited about his future in Dayton.
The University of Dayton is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The A-10, however, does not recognize women’s golf as a championship sport.
According to the UD Women’s Golf website, UD will be competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championship tournament next spring.
Middleton said she had been in contact with Dayton several months before the State Tournament, and then Green spoke with her after the final tournament in Columbus. It was then that Middleton organized a tour of the DU camps.
“Less than a month ago, I still wasn’t sure I wanted to play golf in college,” Middleton said. “Basically I was deciding between the University of Cincinnati without golf, Dayton with the ability to play golf, and maybe a D3 school, definitely for golf.”
Once she visited Dayton and was offered the opportunity to golf there, Middleton decided this was the place for her.
“I recently discovered two other girls who also signed up for Dayton and I already know a few girls on the squad now, so I’m excited to play with them,” she said. “It’s also good to already know where I’m going in college and not have to worry about it anymore.
“My specialty is mechanical engineering. I wasn’t entirely sure what my specialization was when I applied to universities, but Dayton asked me to choose a major. I chose mechanical engineering because I love math and science and have some engineering background. I also think it’s a general field of engineering, so it gives me the opportunity to switch to another specialty if I like another field better.
Lilly Middleton, in the middle, has pledged to attend and play golf at the University of Dayton. She is shown with her father Jeff, left, and mother Stephanie, right, during her signing ceremony at Wilmington High School last week.