Lea Garner hangs on and edges Sirene Blair for Utah Women’s Open title

first_imgPROVO — Former BYU golfer Lea Garner hung on to win the inaugural Utah Women’s Open Sunday, edging Sirene Blair by one shot at East Bay Golf Course.Garner, a native of Washington Terrace who completed her career at BYU last year, added a 66 to her first-day 67 to beat Blair, who hails from South Jordan and just completed her collegiate career at San Diego State. Blair also shot 66 Sunday after a first-round 68.Finishing five shots back of the winner at 138 was Juli Erekson, a professional from Eagle Mountain, while BYU sophomore Anna Kennedy was the top amateur, finishing with a 140 total, a shot better than State Amateur champion Kelsey Chugg.By winning, Garner earned $3,000, while Blair got $2,000 as the runner-up and Erekson received $1,200 for third in the tournament sponsored by Siegfried & Jensen and Fairways Media.In Sunday’s final round, Garner extended her overall lead to three with birdies at holes 2 and 3, before Blair cut the margin to one with birdies at 6 and 9. A birdie on 12 left the two in a tie before Garner made back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14 with Blair also birdieing 14. Then both golfers finished with birdies at 16 and 18.Other top finishers included Carly Dehlin at 143 and Kendra Dalton, Naomi Soifua and Alina Vannarath at 144.last_img

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