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Goldstein/Joels Card Even-Par 72 at Park Meadows to Qualify for U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball
By Megan Terry, UGA Programs Administrator
The Utah Golf Association’s final championship event of the 2016 season was hosted by Park Meadows Country Club in Park City on Monday, September 26th. Of the four teams in the field, only one team advances to the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, May 27-31.
Despite the small number of participating duos, the field remained strong and included multiple seasoned UGA competitors.
Annette Gaiotti and Shannon Jensen posted eight-over-par 80 for a fourth place finish. Gaiotti has claimed an impressive number of UGA championship titles, including the 2016 Women's Mary Lou Baker Open Low Senior title and the 2015 UGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year.
Dixie High School athlete Gracie Richins was the individual medalist at the 2016 3A Girls’ High School Golf State Championship after posting rounds of 74-76—150 on Soldier Hollow’s Gold Course. She also claimed the 2016 Spring Open title with Weber State’s Kiselya Plewe. Richins and Kanna Crosland earned the second alternate spot by carding 78 (+6)
Jessica Sloot and her 2015 partner, Ellen Secor, earned medalist honors at the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier at Victory Ranch in Kamas, Utah, by carding seven-under 65 to advance to the championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Oregon. This year, Sloot and Colorado State Women’s Golf teammate Elizabeth Rau put up an admirable fight for the qualifying spot from start to finish. Rau aced the par-3 No. 14 to help the pair card one-under 73 to claim the first alternate spot.
Las Vegas natives Morgan Goldstein and Veronica Joels managed to top the highly competitive leaderboard at even-par 72 to earn medalist honors and advance to the championship event at The Dunes. The duo made birdie on the par-5 No. 8 to go bogey free and card 35 on the front nine. Their bogey on No. 18 brought them back to even with a 37 on the back. Still, 72 was just enough to clinch the win by one stroke over Team Rau/Sloot and earn them two tickets to Myrtle Beach.
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