Led by defending champion Jamie Stevenson, a strong field will be on hand at Oakridge Country Club for the annual Women's State Amateur.
The 54-hole tournament begins Monday and continues through Wednesday at the Farmington course.The 21-year-old Stevenson, who plays for the BYU golf team, won by 10 strokes last year at Valley View, but she doesn't expect to have it so easy this year.
She will be challenged by a host of top golfers, including teammate Summer Fenstermaker and Weber State golfers Kami Whitehead and Jill Steenburg. Two more to keep an eye on are a couple of golfers who will be joining Stevenson at BYU this fall - Heber's Carrie Summerhays and Farmington's Jessica Gardner.
Among the experienced golfers who have a good shot to win are three-time State Am champ Terry (Norman) Hansen, two-time champ Lachell (Simmons) Poffenberger and ex-champs Sue (Billek) Nyhus and Michelle Thorn-ton.
Nyhus, who was recently named an assistant coach at BYU, has the lowest handicap index in the field at 1.4.
Stevenson is a native of Mayfield, Utah, but has been working this summer at the Shawnee Inn & Resort in Pennsylvania.
The 128-player field will be divided into five flights and prizes will be awarded in net and gross. Zion's Bank Women's Trust Dept. is the major sponsor for the tournament.
For a look at the first-day pairings, please see page D8.