SALT LAKE CITY -- The 110th Utah Women’s State Amateur is next week at Victory Ranch Golf Club, and the favorite has to be Kelsey Chugg, who has won it three of the last four years.
“The first tournament I ever won was the women’s state amateur at Logan Country Club in 2012,” Chugg said. “It’s my favorite tournament. It’s kind of like my major. I look forward to it every year.”
Especially this year, because it will be played at Victory Ranch near Kamas. Golf Digest ranked it the second best golf course in Utah.
“It’s unbelievable,” Chugg said. “This golf course is so good. It’s so exclusive, and that’s making it kind of special. A lot of different girls are signing up just to get on the golf course.”
They are expecting a record number of competitors this year, and it’s not just because of the course, the number of great women golfers in Utah is growing.
“It’s just amazing the last few years how much the game has grown and the quality of play has improved,” Chugg said.
This may be the last time Kelsey defends here state amateur title. She wants her LPGA tour card.
“It’s still on my mind,” Chugg said. “I work full time with the UGA right now, so I’m trying to balance golf and work. I’ve had a pretty good couple of years, and I’m just trying to improve. I’m going to try Q-school and just see what happens.”