Lindsey Lloyd is staying home in Eastern Idaho.
The senior Grace High golfer, who finished second in the 2A state tournament in 2019, signed with Idaho State on Nov. 25.
“I think it’s a big relief for me,” Lloyd said. “I was always worried if I was good enough to go play, and now I think I can just relax and play well my senior year.”
Lloyd is an important local recruit for ISU head coach Dallen Atkins. She joins three other players from Eastern Idaho on the Bengals’ roster — Tyler Erickson from Soda Springs, Hadley Hersh from Idaho Falls and Lexi Rowe from Pocatello (Highland).
Lloyd is especially familiar with Erickson, who beat her for the 2A state title in 2017 and 2018.
“I’m really good friends with (Erickson), and I thought it would fun to actually be on the same team and compete together instead of against each other,” Lloyd said.
Atkins’ recruiting, along with the benefits of being close to home, drew Lloyd to Idaho State, where she will likely study elementary education.
“I met with the coach early in the summer, and he’s just such a great guy,” Lloyd said.
“Just with that one meeting, I could tell that he really wanted the best for me. It’s close to home, which is nice. ... (Atkins) really pushed that he wanted to find local players, and I think, being local, I’ll really have a lot of support from Idaho State.”
After finishing as the runner-up at the 2A state tournament for the second time in her career in 2019 — she was also second as a freshman in 2017, and third in 2018 — Lloyd is determined to play well this spring before she goes to Idaho State.
She’ll be working through the Idaho winter to improve her game, particularly her chipping and putting, in hopes of doing some big things in her final year at Grace.
“Definitely we’re bringing home a state banner, team-wise, and I’m hoping I can come out on top individually this year,” Lloyd said. “I’ve been working a lot on my short game.”
Lloyd was already the 2019 Idaho State Journal All-Area Girls Golfer of the Year after averaging a 77 across all of her rounds and winning seven of the nine meets she competed in.
She comes from an already legendary Eastern Idaho golf family — her brother Logan won the 2A state championship in 2015.
That’s helped her with her noted competitiveness, which shows up in her goals for the coming season.
Her hopes for her Idaho State career are no less lofty.
“I hope I can be on the traveling team and just be able to accomplish great things and set records there with my team,” Lloyd said. “Just have a great college experience.”