Women’s State Amateur wide open

first_imgLAYTON — With Annie Thurman accepting an invitation to play in the Utah Open this week, the Women’s State Amateur at Valley View Golf Course should be a wide-open affair.Thurman lapped the field last year in winning her second straight State Am title by a whopping 12 strokes at Park City. But she was invited to compete in the Utah Open along with professional Erin Dauby as the first women participants.Even though Thurman won handily last year after edging Carrie Summerhays by one shot the year before, some of the top golfers are disappointed that Thurman won’t be playing, even if it gives them a better chance of winning.”Some of the better golfers have expressed disappointment because they felt like she was beatable,” said Judy Ernst, president of the Utah State Women’s Golf Association. “They would have liked the chance to play against her.”Unfortunately they’ll never get the chance because Thurman plans to turn professional after her upcoming senior year at Oklahoma State.Probably every one of the 12 golfers in the championship flight has a chance to win the three-day tournament that starts this morning and ends Wednesday.BYU golfer Natalie Newren, who beat Thurman in the 2001 tournament and lost by just two shots the following year, is playing along with 2000 champion Tenille Howe-Slack. BYU golf coach Sue Nyhus, who has won two State Ams, is playing along with another of her players, Margaret Gibby.Gibby’s older sister Adrianne Olson, who also played at BYU and Newren’s older sister, Nicole Newren-Chandler, are also entered, along with Weber State golfers Lynsey Myers and Amy Mombert.Others to watch out for are three-time winner Lachell Poffenberger, who was runnerup last year, four-time winner Terry Hansen, Julie McMullin, Karen Killpack and Tori Fishburn. The tournament features eight flights with winners determined by gross scores rather than by net as in the past. E-mail: [email protected]last_img read more