Francis • Former BYU golfer Lea Garner repeated as the medalist in the stroke-play portion of the 110th Utah State Women's Amateur golf tournament on Wednesday with a two-round total of even-par 144 at Victory Ranch Golf Club.
Garner, a Bonneville High product who completed her final season of eligibility at BYU, shot a 69 Wednesday to overtake first-round leader Sadie Palmer, the Southern Utah University assistant golf coach who carded a 68 on Tuesday. Palmer shot a 78 Wednesday, thanks primarily to a triple-bogey on the 128-yard par-3 6th hole and doubles on holes No. 10 and 16.
Garner, who won medalist honors in this tournament last year at Sandy's Hidden Valley Country Club with an 8-under 136, played the back nine in 3-under par to rally for the lowest two-day total. BYU golfer Brooklyn Hocker, overall runner-up last year to former Weber State golfer Kelsey Chugg, placed second in qualifying with a 1-over 145, one shot behind her ex-Cougar teammate.