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Sunbin Seo of Timpview applauds the gallery after hitting the winning putt in the Class 5A State Golf Tournament at River Oaks Golf Course in Sandy, Utah on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

SANDY — For the second year in a row, Timpview’s Sunbin Seo made a late charge at the 5A State Golf Tournament to claim the individual title.

Apparently, the BYU-bound senior loves a challenge.

“That was my goal, to win again, so I’m glad I was able to achieve it,” Seo said. “It’s such a fun adventure. I guess it just takes me a little while to ride and once I do I can get off. I was just enjoying my time there.

Last year, Seo birdied four holes in the final six holes to earn medalist honors at The Oaks in Spanish Fork. On Tuesday at the River Oaks Golf Course, she edged first-round leader Pati Uluave by three strokes before the 12th hole. Uluave was already in the clubhouse at -2 and Seo was second at +1.

That changed in a hurry as Seo birdied 12, eagled 13 and birdied 14 to suddenly take a one-stroke lead.

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Sunbin Seo of Timpview lines up a putt during day two of the Class 5A Women’s Golf Tournament at River Oaks Golf Course in Sandy, Utah on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

“I go up on the par three, and my brother tells me Pati is done, and I’m three down,” Seo said. “Three tries is a lot, but at the same time I was like, ‘I can do this.’ “So on this hole, I thought my shot was going to break. But I hit it a little left. So I quibble. But I look at the chip and it’s a chip I trust a lot. And so I say, ‘I’m just going to do this’ and I do it. I just needed one to start with. And then it went on.”

Seo chipped in for a birdie on the No. 12, then chipped even longer on the 13 for his second eagle of the tournament. Another birdie on the No. 14 put Seo ahead and she never lost it, going par on the last four holes.

“I kept saying, ‘Okay, one more. Let’s try to make one more,” Seo said. “I didn’t get another birdie, but I think it was my tight, aggressive approach that kept me from losing every shot I made. That’s how I played the whole back nine.

On par 3 #18, Seo’s tee shot came within eight feet of the pin to set up another par for the title. Seo shot a 67 (-3) on Monday and a 70 (even) on Tuesday to finish at 137 (-3), one shot ahead of Uluave at 138 (64-74).

“Sunbin’s short game is great,” Timpview coach Jeff Ward said. “She’s phenomenal around the greens and she has a lot of confidence. She does this on a regular basis, so when she moved onto the #13 green, I wasn’t surprised she added it (for the eagle). She really set the bar high in this program. She was a great example. She works hard and she’s nice to everyone on the team. She’s really insensitive to everything and has such a good perspective of the game. She’s such a competitor.

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Members of the Timpview Women’s Golf Team raise four fingers to signify four consecutive state championships after winning the 2022 state title at River Oaks Golf Course in Sandy, Utah on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

The T-Birds won the 5A tag team title last year with four juniors and a freshman, so it was no surprise to see them run away with the tag team title in 2022. The Emma sisters and Rachel Lillywhite tied for third at +10 and Keilani Hanamaikai returned a Top 20 at +42.

“Overall, I’m really happy with what we did,” Ward said. “To do as we have done for the past four years, this kind of team does not come up very often. And so it’s extremely rewarding as a coach to see these girls succeed, to see the camaraderie that they have and the friendships that they have. The level of experience is simply phenomenal.

The tag team title was Timpview’s fourth in a row, although the 2020 championship was not recognized by the Utah High School Activities Association due to COVID-19.

Sunbin Seo of Timpview receives a hug from a T-Bird fan after winning the Class 5A State Golf Tournament at River Oaks Golf Course in Sandy, Utah on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

Sunbin Seo of Timpview accepts kudos for a shot from an opposing coach during the Class 5A Women’s Golf Tournament at River Oaks Golf Course in Sandy, Utah on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

Sunbin Seo of Timpview putts to the hole during the Class 5A Girls’ Golf Tournament at River Oaks Golf Course in Sandy, Utah on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

Kate Miller of Timpview pushes her cart to the next hole during the 5A Girls Golf Tournament at River Oaks Golf Course in Sandy, Utah on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

Rachel Lillywhite of Timpview tees off on the 18th hole of the Class 5A Women’s Golf Tournament at River Oaks Golf Course in Sandy, Utah on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

The Timpview Women’s Golf Team accepts the Class 5A State Championship trophy after winning the team title at River Oaks Golf Course in Sandy, Utah on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

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