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‘White Knuckle’ Day Tomorrow at Utah Women’s State Am

Tuesday is ‘white knuckle’ day at the 107th Utah Women’s State Am at Wasatch Mountain State Park and a lot more attention is being placed on 15th place than first place because the low 15 will join defending champion Kelsey Chugg in the critical match play portion of the tournament.
Sirene Blair and Rynae Baca are the first round co-leaders with rounds of 70 on the Lake Course and Lea Garner is one stroke back at 71. Chugg, whose score doesn’t count, shot 72 and is the automatic number one seed when match play begins. Tara Green also shot 72 and the oldest player in the field, 60-year-old Annette Gaiotti shot 73.
Based on the scores repeating themselves in the second round it appears that it will take a two day total of 150 to advance to match play, give or take a stroke or two.
That means that former champions Julie McMullin and Sue Nyhus have to improve on their opening rounds in order to get to match play. McMullin shot 77 and Nyhus shot 78.
Match play begins on Wednesday, immediately following the Breakfast of Champions, and concludes on Thursday. All matches are 18 holes.
Utah Women’s State AmateurFirst Round Qualifying Results70- Sirene Blair, Rynae Baca71- Lea Garner72- Kelsey Chugg, Tara Green73- Annette Gaiotti74- Haley Dunn, Kalea Heu, Randi Stephens, Kristie Jensen75- Selu Fotu, Madi Rooker76- Carly Oldroyd, Brooke Whittaker, Nicole Begay77- Julie McMullin, Sadie Palmer, Hannah Herman78- Courtney Smith, Sue Nyhus, Nicole Thomas, Naomi Soifua, Mary Bischoff79- Elizabeth Jones, Allison Cluff, Jordyn Dougal80- Annika Afoa-Kahalaial’l, Rina Slade81- Roberta Scott82- Melanie Christensen83- Haylee Chugg, Lauren Okutsu, Kareen Alton, Kimberly Nyhus84- Shantell Spackman, Heather Mathison85- Mallary Marx, Stephanie Hoffee, Kisela, Plewe, Sara Fredrico, Cobair Collinsworth86- Melissa Stockton87- Monica Yeates, McCall Uyematsu89- Ashley Stubbs92- Alisha Terry93- Sabrina Naulu97- Amy Mayberry99- Madison Baca108- Ciaran Burton