UVU senior golfer Carly Dehlin has had a busy summer as she has played — and done well — in a variety of tournaments.
Yet even with all the experiences, she said Thursday that the one coming up at the end of July is one of her favorites.
“The State Am is always fun because it is towards the end of the summer,” Dehlin said at Media Day for the Utah Women’s State Amateur at Bonneville golf course in Salt Lake City, after helping her team win the 2018 Stoddard Cup. “You’ve been playing all summer but it’s kind of that one event that you really look forward to. It’s such a fun event too because it’s match play, which is a different event. It’s one you really want to win, so it’s always fun to get to this point of the summer.”
Easton Folster, Director of Rules and Competitions for the Utah Golf Association, said putting together the women’s state amateur tournament is fun for the association as well.
“It’s a caliber of player that requires a certain hole location or a certain distance, so you have to put on a different thinking cap and make it competitive for them,” Folster said.
He said the tournament has a maximum of 66 players but the level of women’s golf is continuing to improve.
“There are quite a few girls who come out and play,” Dehlin said. “Honestly I wish there was one more round of match play, a round of 32, because I think there is a good enough group of women golfers that we could have another round. It would be competitive. The round of 16 is hard to get into and you have to really play well. Last year there was a good group that just missed match play.”
Folster and the UGA want to see more women vying for the top spot.
“It would fantastic to continue to expand it,” Folster said. “That’s ultimately the goal. If we could get it anywhere near the men’s size and have it be competitive like that, it would be great. I think it’s grown in the last few years, so as long as we keep trending in that direction we could get to a round of 32.”
Dehlin has made it to the quarterfinals in each of the past two years but has high hopes for 2018.
“You have to be ready for anything to happen,” Dehlin said. “I’ve had a really great year, so there is a little bit of pressure. But golf changes and goes up and down. You have to ride it. I want to compete and be up there with the best girls. I want to see what I can do. It’s something I would love to achieve, putting my name on the trophy.”
She had never played at Bonneville before Thursday’s event but liked what she saw.
“It was my first time ever to play this course,” Dehlin said. “I definitely need to come out and see it again, but I shot even par so I will take that for my first time out. I definitely feel good about it.”
She believes putting will be the determining factor in who comes out on top at the tournament.
“The key here is definitely figuring out those greens,” Dehlin said. “That was something I was figuring out today. You know it is going to go towards the valley, so you have to kind of trust it and do it. On the first couple of holes, though, I was surprised it broke that much.”
The 2018 Utah State Women’s Amateur is scheduled to be played from July 30 to Aug. 2 at Bonneville golf course in Salt Lake City. Registration closes on July 23.
For complete details, go to UGA.org.