The University of Illinois-Chicago may not have had the inside track on recruiting Lia Thomas, but when the Flames coach is also the player’s swing instructor, it certainly didn’t hurt its chances.

“I’ve known Mat for a long time,” Thomas said of UIC’s Mat Blair, who also runs a golf studio in La Porte. “UIC was always up on my list.”

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