Former champion Tess Blair shoots 67 to take first-round lead at Women’s State Amateur

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SALT LAKE CITY — After winning the Women’s State Amateur in 2018, Tess Blair wasn’t able to defend her title last year because she was helping her older sister, Sirene, at a professional tournament in California.

She’s back this year and off to a red-hot start as she fired a 5-under-par 67 at Soldier Hollow’s Gold Course in Midway Monday to take a five-shot lead in the medal portion of the tournament.

While the main goal over the first two days is just to be among the top 16 golfers in order to qualify for match play, Blair would love to be the medalist and get the No. 1 seed. The 19-year-old former Bingham High golfer, who will be a sophomore for the Sacramento State golf team next year, had one bogey at No. 4 and then added six birdies at holes 6, 8,11, 13, 15 and 16.

Two golfers, 16-year-old Grace Summerhays, last year’s runnerup and Southern Utah University golfer Chanikan Yongyuan, both shot 72s. Three golfers — four-time State Am champion Kelsey Chugg, University of Idaho golfer Laura Gerner and Lehi High School golfer Lila Galeai — all came in at 76.

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