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UGA Announces New Women’s Player of the Year Award; Sirene Blair First Winner
Sirene Blair, the wonder kid of Utah Junior Golf for the past five years, has added another title to her collection. She not only has been named Player of the Year for the fourth straight year in the Utah Junior Golf Association, but she has also been selected as the UGA Women’s Player of the Year. It marks the first time that the UGA has given a Player of the Year Award in the women’s category.
While the UGA has previously not designated a Women’s Player of the Year it has not considered its annual UGA Player of the year as being gender specific. Two women, Sue Nyhus and Annie Thurman, have previously been designated as UGA Player of the Year.
Blair played in both the UJGA and the UGA events this year, and even participated in a men’s tournament, the Glenmoor Open. Playing from the deepest tees alongside some of the state’s best men she shot 68 and finished second.
In women’s competition she finished first in the USGA Women’s Public Links Qualifying at East Bay with a three under par 69. She finished third in the UGA Winterchamps, second in the Mary Lou Baker Open, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Utah State Women’s Amateur.
In junior golf she won 11 of the 12 events she entered and won her fifth straight Junior World Championship and her fourth straight Utah Junior Match Play Championship.
She was also medalist in the Girls 5A State High School Championship for the third time and her Bingham High team also won the title for the third straight year.