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Julie McMullin Wins Women’s State Am In Sudden Death Match

Published: July 21, 2011 06:58PMUpdated: July 21, 2011 11:56PM
Layton • Officially, Park City’s Julie McMullin won her first Utah State Women’s Amateur title with a routine par on the first extra hole.
Yet, what McMullin and everyone else will remember most is the bogey she made on the previous hole Thursday at Valley View Golf Course.
After she took two shots from a greenside bunker just to reach the fringe, McMullin made a 25-foot putt for a heroic bogey to tie the 18th hole and extend the match with Lachell Poffenberger.
“I just kept hanging in there,” said McMullin, 43. “My putter kept me in the game.”
Poffenberger, 42, had birdied the 17th hole to pull into a tie. She bogeyed the par-4 No. 1 after missing the green with her approach shot and chipping poorly. Poffenberger was competing in her 25th Women’s Am; she’s a three-time winner and seven-time runner-up in the event that recently moved from stroke play to match play.
In the semifinals, the two veteran players eliminated two collegians. McMullin topped Annika Afoa 2 and 1, and Poffenberger defeated Tara Green 1 up.