JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
PROSPER — Lighthouse Country Club Golf Pro Katie Dillard qualified for the TaylorMade golf professionals national tournament thanks to finishing third at the TaylorMade TP Classic Qualifier on May 4.
Dillard shot a 69, which was three under par, and was one of two women playing in an event that drew more than 70 golfers. Two others each scored a 68 to be co-champions. The top four qualified for the national tournament.
“It was in windy conditions, so that was a pretty good score,” she said.
The one-round qualifying tournament was played at the Gentle Creek Country Club.
She said she knew she was in a great groove when she was four under par after 10 holes.
“From there, I felt like I was in pretty good position,” Dillard said.
The golf pro gave herself the same advice she gives students: Focus on one shot at a time and don’t get ahead of yourself.
The national tournament is in March 2016 at Spyglass Golf Club, which is part of Pebble Beach Resorts at Monterey County, California.
Dillard spent 2014 playing on the Symtra Tour, which is the equivalent to the men’s Web.com Tour, and a stepping stone to the LPGA. In 2013, she played golf mini-tours, the Cactus Tour and the Suncoast Tour
Dillard has been the golf professional at Lighthouse Country Club since January.