Midway • The names of golfers on the Women's State Amateur trophy keep coming in pairs. Yet as she held the hardware again Thursday, the latest two-time champion was having trouble picturing another "Kelsey Chugg" being engraved below the first such entry.
"I'm in shock that I did it again, really," Chugg said, having posted a 4-and-3 defeat of Sirene Blair in the 18-hole final match of the 107th tournament at Wasatch Mountain's Lake Course.
Chugg followed Daphne Vines (2007-08) and Natalie Stone (2009-10) as a repeat winner.
Chugg, who recently completed her Weber State golf career and now lives in Salt Lake City, won five holes on the front nine and secured the victory after a weather delay of nearly two hours.
Blair, a former Bingham High School star who will be a San Diego State freshman, struggled with distance control in the final. She kept finding herself between clubs on shots of 90 to 95 yards and repeatedly went long, which she described as "kind of irritating."
Chugg would have been tough to beat, regardless. She birdied three of the first seven holes with pinpoint approach shots on the way to her 5-up lead even if she never really got comfortable.
"I kept hitting good shots and getting more and more nervous," she said.
The final match seemingly was less stressful than what Chugg went through to reach that stage. She had to win the last two holes to beat Haley Dunn in Wednesday's quarterfinals and also went to the 18th hole against Tara Green in Thursday morning's semifinals.
Blair prevailed in a good semifinal match with BYU golfer Lea Garner, a rival from the Utah Junior Golf Association and other women's tournaments. She was still happy with that 1-up victory, even after losing in the final.
Blair won the prestigious Mary Lou Baker Open, a 36-hole stroke-play event, in June. Chugg tied for second place, six shots back.
Chugg dominated Thursday's duel, losing only the par-4 No. 11 when she had trouble with a fairway bunker and made a bogey. Blair could have won No. 12 as well, but missed a short par putt and eventually ran out of holes.
Chugg actually hopes she won't be eligible to win a third title next year at the Ogden Golf & Country Club. She will enter the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament as an amateur, intending to turn professional if she earns playing status.
O Kelsey Chugg beats Sirene Blair 4-and-3 after getting birdies on three of the first seven holes.
• Sirene Blair finishea second after winning her semifinal match against BYU golfer Lea Garner.