Willhoite shot a one-under par 71 Tuesday at the CIF/CGA Girls State High School Championships at the Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach. She tied for first with Sarah Cho of Torrey Pines, and the two had a playoff for medalist honors. Willhoite bogeyed the second playoff hole to finish second. During her round of 71, she made two birdies and one bogey.
A senior at Palm Desert High School, her team also qualified for the championships after winning the CIF/WSCGA Girls Southern California Championship. Palm Desert finished third at the state championships.
In 2010, Willhoite played at the Rolex Girls Junior Championships in Minnesota and at the AJGA Nebraska Junior Tournament.
Willhoite will be traveling to China the Friday after Thanksgiving to compete on a USA traveling team at the Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship, December 1-4. The overall boys and girls champions earn a spot in the 2012 Australian Masters and the Australian Open.
"We are very excited to have Cha Cha join the Spartan program," said Dormann. "She shows all the qualities and attributes that we want in a golfer. She is a consistent ball striker and makes very few mistakes. Cha Cha has a tremendous team attitude and is a good person to have on our team."
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