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Utah Golf Association Women’s Player of the Year

 

Women’s State Amateur Win Seals Player of the Year for Fotu

 

By Kurt Kragthorpe

 

 

Kerstin Fotu wishes she would have played better in the final round of the Utah Women’s Stroke Play Championship, but her performance in the Women’s State Amateur left her with absolutely no regrets.

 

And even while she unhappily settled for a tie for second place in the Stroke Play event, the combination of 1-2 finishes in the highest-profile tournaments helped Fotu earn the 2019 UGA Women’s Player of the Year award.

 

That trophy will further commemorate one of the most memorable competitions of the UGA’s 2019 calendar, as Fotu outlasted 15-year-old Grace Summerhays for a 1-up victory.

 

Fotu, now a regular in BYU’s lineup as a freshman, remembers that final match at the Logan Country Club as “pretty nerve-wracking, but it was really fun, because of the player Grace is.”

 

Fotu had to play no more than 12 holes in either of her first two matches as the stroke-play medalist, then went to the 18th hole in the semifinals vs. Southern Utah University golfer Kyla Smith and again with Summerhays.

 

Fotu went ahead with birdie on the par-4 No. 16, then some clutch putting enabled her to finish birdie-par and halve the last two holes, maintaining her lead.

 

She had shot 70-81 in the Stroke Play event at Soldier Hollow Golf Course, finishing one stroke behind Idaho State golfer Tyler Erickson.

 

Kerstin Fotu totaled 185 points on the UGA Women’s Player Performance Ranking and is the 2019 Women’s Player of the Year.

 

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Utah Women’s State Amateur