For Kelsey Chugg, old home week win at Women’s State Am was special for so many reasons

Kelsey Chugg holds up five fingers as she poses for photos after winning the 116th annual Utah Women’s State Amateur for the fifth time at Ogden Golf and Country Club in Ogden on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

OGDEN — For Kelsey Chugg, her triumph this week at the Women’s State Amateur was special in many ways.

The victory:

• Was her fifth State Am win — one for the thumb, as she put it — vaulting her into elite company with five other women who have won at least five titles.

• Happened in her old hometown, at the Ogden Golf & Country Club, a course she has played dozens of times while growing up and playing on the Weber State golf team a decade ago.

• Came five years after her last State Am win, against an improved field that included several top collegiate golfers.

The 31-year-old Chugg, who works as the associate director of golf for Salt Lake City, wrapped up a spectacular week with a 1-up victory over BYU golfer Adeline Anderson Thursday at the historic Ogden course.

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“It’s super special to have it here in Ogden,” she said. “It wasn’t easy. I definitely felt I earned my spot here in the final. This has been elusive and to see some of my hard work pay off and to do it in front of some of my old teammates and family is awesome.”

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Chugg, whose last State Am victory came in 2017, the same year she won the U.S. Mid-Amateur title, never trailed after taking a 1-up lead at No. 6. She …read more

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