OGDEN — Two-time defending champion Kelsey Chugg will be the favorite when the 108th Utah Women’s State Amateur golf tournament tees off Wednesday morning at Ogden Country Club.
Not only has Chugg won the last two State Amateur titles, but she will be playing in her hometown this week. Chugg was born in Ogden, and after moving to Arizona, she was a standout golfer for Weber State. Earlier this summer she competed well against the male golfers in the Salt Lake City Amateur, finishing with scores of 73 and 78.
One of Chugg’s top competitors will be Sirene Blair, who has been perhaps the top female golfer in Utah for several years but has never won the State Amateur. Last year Chugg defeated Blair in the finals at Wasatch Mountain, 4 and 3.
The 19-year-old Blair, who hails from South Jordan, just completed her first year at San Diego State, where she was the Mountain West Freshman of the Year.
Among the top golfers in the field are former champions Julie McMullin and Sue Nyhus, along with Lea Garner and Tara Green, who each made the semifinals last year, and Naomi Soifua, who was in the finals in 2012. Others who could contend include Sadi Palmer, Madi Rooker, Katie Perkins, Kirstin Fotu, Monica Yeates, Hayley Chugg and Annette Gaiotti.
The golfers will tee off between 7:30 and 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and the low 15 golfers, plus defending champion Chugg, will compete in match play beginning Friday morning. Two rounds will be played Friday, with the semifinals and finals set for Saturday afternoon.