Eaton's Willis on brink of history

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EATON -- Eaton senior Sarah Willis has already made history, now she's looking to cement her name in the record books for years to come.

As a junior Willis shot a 136 over the two day state tournament, the lowest score ever by a female golfer.

This year Willis became the first girl to ever win the boys Southwestern Buckeye League Championship.

She shot a 70, beating the second place golfer by four strokes.

After spending the entire season with Eaton's boys team, since the school doesn't have a girls golf team, Willis is changing her game to compete against girls all across the state.

She shot a 69 at the sectional tournament followed up by a 69 at the district tournament to propel her to her third state tournament appearance.

Willis finished 10th as a freshman, missed out as a sophomore despite a strong shooting a 76 and missing by one stroke, and won the state championship in record setting fashion as a junior.

Now the Eaton senior has a chance to join a select group. Only four girls have ever won two individual state championships in Ohio High School Athletic Association history. Only three of those were done in back to back fashion.

Jessica Belskis, Worthington Kilbourne, won in 1994 and 1995. Carly Truitt, Marysville, won in 2002 and 2003. Allie White, Lancaster, won in 2006 and 2007. Haylee Harford, Leavittsburg LaBrae, won in 2011 and 2014.

No golfer from the Miami Valley, male or female has won two individual state golf championships.

Willis is trying to join that elite company.

"It would just be awesome to win it back to back because I'd be part of a very select few that have ever done that before in their high school careers," Willis said.

"The personal goal is to show myself I can do it more than once and I can defend my title for as long as possible."

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