BYU golfer Kerstin Fotu leads the Utah Women’s Open

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After losing in the semifinals of last month’s Women’s State Amateur, Kerstin Fotu and Tess Blair claimed the top two spots Monday in the first round of the fourth annual Siegfried & Jensen Utah Women’s Open.

Fotu, a BYU golfer from Lone Peak High School, posted a 2-under-par 70 at Thanksgiving Point Golf Club in Lehi. She’ll take a one-stroke lead over Blair, a Sacramento State golfer from Bingham High, into Tuesday’s final round.

Fotu made two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine, then birdied Nos. 14 and 17 to grab the lead in the field of 45 golfers. Blair posted three birdies on the back nine, recovering from a double bogey on the par-3 No. 4.

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