Nancy Callan played in her first Utah Women's State Amateur golf tournament this week. It's also probably her last, which won't make the rest of the state's women golfers too unhappy.
It's not that Callan isn't a nice person or anything. It's just that she's too good for Utah's top women amateurs. At least she was this week.Callan, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, who played at BYU for two years (1985-86), fired a 75 Friday at Valley View Golf Course, which gave her a three-day total of 225 and a whopping 10-shot victory over runner-up Laurie Wolfe. The tournament, which was supposed to be a close battle, turned into a runaway, matching Lisa Ikegami's 10-shot victory last year at Wolf Creek.
"It feels really good to win - it's been a long time," said Callan, who last won as a collegian in 1985. "The key this week was my consistency and my putting. I putted well and read the greens well."
Afterward, Callan was presented with a large silver "traveling" trophy that she can keep on her mantel until next year. But she may end up having to send it back to Utah parcel post next summer.
Although Callan has a job with a local phone company, she plans on going back to Canada early next year whether she wants to or not. That's because her practical training visa in the United States expires Feb. 28.
"My No. 1 priority is golf, so I'll probably go up to Canada and play in all the amateur tournaments," she said. "Before the end of '89, I'd like to try and play on the mini-Tour."
Anyone who saw Callan play this week could imagine her playing professional golf. She hits the ball a "ton" and was usually 40 to 50 yards beyond her competitors off the tee. She makes a lot of birdies - she had four Friday after making seven on Thursday. But she needs to become more consistent and eliminate the bogeys to make it as a pro.
She began Friday's round with a 3-shot lead over Patty Price and a 6-shot edge over Wolfe and Ikegami. Price got to within two shots early, but her game soon fell apart and she needed a birdie on the last hole to salvage an 84.
Wolfe, who had come from behind to win the City Parks title in June, stayed even on the day with Callan on the front nine and then crept within four after the 13th hole.
"Everyone was excited and saying `Hang in there,' " said Wolfe of her small following.
But the momentum stopped at the par-4, 324-yard 14th hole. Wolfe hit short in two and then two-putted for a bogey. Callan, meanwhile, hit her approach shot to within 18 feet and sank the putt for a birdie.
The two-shot swing affected Wolfe, who proceeded to bogey the next three holes, while Callan parred. Wolfe finally got off the bogey wagon with a par at No. 18, but Callan made another birdie to make it a 10-shot advantage.
"The pressure got to me a little bit on the back nine," admitted Wolfe, who was 5-over on the back after playing the front even par.
Callan claimed afterward that she wasn't even aware of how much of a lead she had. In fact, she was shocked to learn, nearly an hour after her round, that she had won by 10 shots.
"I had no clue on 18 how far ahead I was," she said. "I set my own personal goals, and I figured if I shot 75 today, that if somebody beat me they deserved it."
Price and Ikegami both finished at 237, two shots behind Wolfe, while Lachell Simmons had a closing-round 78 to finish in fifth at 239.
The flight winners were Lucy Hart in first flight at 259, Pat Millburn in second flight at 281 and Nesha Humphrey in third flight at 291.