The accolades keep coming for Ashley Gilliam. On Friday, she was selected as The Tennessean’s Girls Golfer of the Year during the newspaper’s annual sports awards banquet in Nashville.
Gilliam was a standout golfer for Tullahoma last season, helping lead the Lady Wildcats to a state tournament berth. At both the district and region tournaments, the Manchester native took the top spot in both tournaments.
Gilliam first carded a 72 at district, before following that with a 67, -5 under par, during region play on Sept. 7. That performance during region tournament had her finishing 10 strokes ahead of her nearest competitor.
At the state tournament, the Lady Wildcats placed fifth place in the team standings, having their second day of the tournament washed out by rain. Gilliam led Tullahoma, putting up a +3 during the tournament, carding a 75 overall, tying for eighth in the individual standings at WillowBrook Golf Course.
Leading up to helping Tullahoma, Gilliam had already had a breakthrough year on the links, including winning her third-straight Tennessean/Metro Parks Schooldays Golf Tournament. She followed that with a quarterfinals appearance in the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in Pebble Beach, California. Gilliam then took part in the U.S. Women’s Amateur, making it to the round of 64, losing her first matchup.
In November, Gilliam signed her letter of intent to continue her golfing career at Mississippi State. Until heading to Starkville, Mississippi, Gilliam said she’s going to continue playing this summer.
She will be heading to take part in the Polo Golf Junior Classic in New Jersey on June 24-28. She will then take part in the Women’s Western Amateur in Long Grove, Illinois on July 15-20, before taking part in the U.S. Girls’ Junior Golf Tournament on July 22-27 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She is slated to wrap up things with the Ladies National Golf Association Amateur Championship on July 29-Aug. 1 in Kingston Springs.