Provo • Professional golfers are at all times on the lookout for puts to play, so Lea Garner used to be extremely joyful final yr when the Utah Section PGA introduced the Siegfried & Jensen Utah Women’s Open.
She beloved the thought much more Thursday afternoon, having remained the handiest champion in event historical past.
The former BYU golfer finished a five-stroke victory at East Bay Golf Course, enjoying a moderately relaxing ultimate spherical in distinction to her win final August that required a birdie on the 18th hollow. Her process of “just kind playing my own game and not worrying about what everyone else was doing” labored properly, as she pulled away in the center of the spherical to earn the $2,000 first prize.
The introduction of the Women’s Open is “awesome,” stated Garner, who attended Bonneville High School. “I love that we’re having it now, when girls golf is growing more and more.”
Garner completed forward of Utah Valley University’s Carly Dehlin and Colorado State’s Katrina Prendergast. Bingham High School’s Tess Blair (69-73) positioned fourth, per week after profitable the Women’s State Amateur identify. Catherine Kim of Las Vegas (69-76) used to be 5th general and 2d amongst the 10 execs in the box.
After taking pictures a Nine-under par 63 with 9 birdies Thursday, Prendergast took low beginner honors with a par on the 3rd playoff hollow. Prendergast entered the match as an opportunity to discuss with CSU teammate Jessica Sloot, the State Am runner-up.
Garner posted a Four-under-par 68 on Wednesday and used to be tied for the lead with Annie Yang, her former BYU teammate. She adopted with a 67 for a complete of Nine below par — two strokes upper than final yr when she edged Blair’s sister, Sirene.
Good ball-striking and “just awesome” placing that resulted in 13 birdies in two days carried Garner to the win, with BYU trainer Carrie Roberts as her caddie. Garner has spent a part of the previous yr serving to her father, Blair, release the males’s and ladies’s golfing methods at Southern Virginia University. She has performed the Cactus Tour in Arizona this summer time, with a easiest end of 3rd position.
The Women’s Open winner will get an exemption into the conventional Utah Open subsequent week at Riverside Country Club in Provo. Garner competed in that match final August, however this yr she’s touring to the first degree of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in California.
UTAH WOMEN’S OPEN
135 – Lea Garner (68-67).
140 – Katrina Prendergast (77-63), Carly Dehlin (73-67).
142 – Tess Blair (69-73).
145 – Catherine Kim (69-76), Annie Yang (68-77).
146 – Samantha Crawford (78-68), Kerstin Fotu (71-75).
147 – Jessica Sloot (74-73), Haley Sturgeon (73-74).
148 – Laura Gerner (72-76).
149 – Marissa Louder (73-76).
150 – Cailyn Cardall (76-74).
151 – Ashley Malaska Moss (77-74), Sadie Palmer (76-75).
152 – Anna Kennedy (74-78), Karen Valcarce (77-75), Juli Erekson (76-76).
153 – Emily Jones (73-80).
154 – Cassandra Campos (74-80).