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Kelsey Chugg Named UGA Women’s Player of the Year

 Ever since the UGA introduced the UGA Women’s Player of the Year Award, Sirene Blair and Kelsey Chugg have been playing leapfrog with the honor. Blair won the title in 2012, the first year of the award, and Chugg won it in  2013. Blair regained it in 2014, and Chugg earned it back this past year with several notable achievements.

 Perhaps her best achievement of the past year was her performance in the USGA State Team  finish, the highest place any Utah team has achieved in either the Men’s or Women’s State Team Championships. She shot 75-71-72-  218 at the very difficult Dalhousie Golf Club in Missouri. It was the best individual performance by any Utahn in the history of the tournament.

 Chugg also had a dominating performance in the Women’s Utah State Amateur Championship which she won for the third time in four years. In her final two matches, she faced two of BYU’s top golfers, but ousted them handily,  defeating Lea Garner, 6 and 5, and Brooklyn Hocker, 5 and 4. Hocker had upset Sirene Blair in a thrilling 20-hole semifinal match.

Chugg also won the Mary Lou Baker Open for the second straight time, coming from behind to edge Sadie Palmer by a stroke.

“Women’s golf in Utah is getting better every year, and I’m also getting better and enjoying it a lot. Life is good,” she said.

Chugg finished on top of the season long Player Performance Rankings with a total of 194 points. Sadie Palmer was second with 154.5 points and Lea Garner was third with 129.3.

She played college golf at Weber State and graduated in 2013. Shortly after that, she made an unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the LPGA Tour. She considers herself much improved since then and hasn’t ruled out another attempt.

Chugg is employed full time by the UGA as membership director. She has introduced several membership programs that are reaping rewards.

“Kelsey is doing tremendous work as membership director. She continues to look for new ways to improve the value of our membership to the golfing public as well as streamline all efforts relating to membership initiatives.”