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Kelsey Chugg wins Mary Lou Baker Open in first look at Park City Golf Course

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I hit it really well this week, and today I hit five wedges within three feet. That secured some birdies because my putting was a little off. It was good I hit it close to give me a chance. – Kelsey Chugg

PARK CITY — Kelsey Chugg acknowledges that she plays a lot of golf around Utah, but until this week, she had never played the Park City Golf Course, where the Mary Lou Baker Open was played.

For Chugg, who has been the top women’s golfer in Utah for the past few years, winning three State Amateur titles and two straight Mary Lou Baker Opens turned out to be no problem.

Chugg won her third straight Baker Open, one of the top women’s events in the state, Friday, shooting a second-round 70 to defeat Naomi Soifua by two strokes with a 3-under 141 total.

“It’s so fun,” she said of winning the tournament named for one of Utah’s top golfers in the 1940s and 1950s. “I hit it really well this week, and today I hit five wedges within three feet. That secured some birdies because my putting was a little off. It was good I hit it close to give me a chance.”

The 25-year-old Chugg, who works as the membership director at the Utah Golf Association, had started the day with a two-stroke lead over Soifua and Katie Perkins, but quickly found herself in a tie with her challengers when they each made a couple of early birdies.

However, at the par-4 No. 6 hole, Chugg hit the first of her wedges close and added another bird at No. 9 after knocking it within six inches. That gave her a two-shot edge, and the lead got bigger when Soifua bogeyed 10, 11 and 12, while Chugg was making a couple more birdies.

From there, Chugg cruised home despite a couple of bogeys and a double-bogey at the final hole.

“Overall I played good — I just some little mistakes,” said the 17-year-old Soifua, who will be a junior at Provo High and has already committed to play for BYU.

Both Chugg and Soifua will play at the Women’s State Amateur next month at Victory Ranch.

Former State Am champ and Baker winner Sirene Blair tied for third with Lea Garner at 147, while Carly Dehlin was fifth at 148 and Perkins was next at 149.

Flight winners were Annette Gaotti in Second Flight and Bayleigh Woodland in Third Flight.