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Dalton and Yang Secure Co-Medalist Honors at Women’s State Am Stroke Play Qualifying
By Megan Terry, Programs Administrator
For the past two seasons, Brigham Young University Women’s Golf’s Kendra Dalton has been the one to beat. From winning the 2016 Women’s State Amateur at Victory Ranch to securing the 2017 Women’s Stroke Play victory at Glenmoor Golf Course, Dalton is a force to be reckoned with. Her wonderfully consistent red scores and long list of accomplishments, both as a collegiate golfer and an amateur, give the impression that she is incapable of error. She just keeps winning.
Dalton showed up to Davis Park Golf Course on Tuesday morning ready to defend her Utah Women’s State Amateur title. With a birdie on No. 8, Kendra carded one-under 35 on the front nine. She was bogey free until No. 11, and with birdies on 10, 17 and 18, the BYU student-athlete pulled off a first-round 68 (-3) to top the leaderboard by two strokes over Kelsey Chugg, Carly Dehlin, BYU teammate Anna Kennedy and Xena Motes.
During the final round of stroke play qualifying, Kendra turned a rough start into even-par 36 on the front. A double bogey on the first hole looked like she may have a grind of a day. However, Dalton made the turn with back-to-back birdies to assist with a second-round 70, two-day total of four-under 138, to claim co-medalist honors and a top match play seed.
Kendra’s BYU teammate Annie Yang thrived under pressure and came from behind to post a final-round 66 to clinch the co-medalist position at 138 alongside Dalton. Yang posted a first-round score of 72 (+1) at Davis Park to stay in the running for a spot in match play. She hit a birdie streak during the final round to card two-under 34 going out and went bogey free coming in at three-under 32. In addition to earning the title of co-medalist, Yang was granted the No. 1 match play seed decided by lot.
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