Utah Women’s State Amateur: Match play opens with a major upset

Ex-New Mexico golfer Sarah Salvo watches a shot during Wednesday’s quarterfinals of the Utah Women’s State Amateur at Ogden Golf & Country Club.

Randy Dodson, Fairways Media

Former University of New Mexico golfer Sarah Salvo returned to competitive golf last November after taking about 10 years off from the sport, but is already making a big impact at the 116th Utah Women’s State Amateur at Ogden Golf & Country Club this week.

Salvo, who grew up in Glendale, California, upset 2020 champion Grace Summerhays 4 and 2 in a Round of 16 match Tuesday afternoon to move into Wednesday’s quarterfinals. She’s playing in her first Utah Women’s State Am, and so far, so good.

After shooting a 2-over 74 in Monday’s 18-hole stroke-play qualifying round to tie for sixth, Salvo downed Nuny Khamone 7 and 5 Tuesday morning in the Round of 32. She knew nothing about Summerhays, an Arizona State golfer.

“After the first round, I walked by the sign with her picture on it and I was like, oh, OK, cool. I knew it was going to be a fun afternoon.” — Women’s State Amateur quarterfinalist Sarah Salvo after defeating 2020 champion Grace Summerhays

“After the first round, I walked by the sign with her picture on it and I was like, oh, OK, cool,” Salvo told Fairways Magazine. “I knew it was going to be a fun afternoon.”

Salvo said she lives five minutes away from Bonneville Golf Course in Salt Lake City. She played in the Mary Lou Baker Tournament and Women’s Stroke-Play Championship earlier this summer in her first taste of tournament golf since college in 2008-12. Salvo is a medical research associate for PRA Health Sciences, according to her LinkedIn page.

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Salvo will meet 2018 champion Tess Blair, a Sacramento State golfer, in the quarterfinals Wednesday morning. The semifinals will be held Wednesday afternoon, and the 18-hole championship match will be contested Thursday morning.

Sophie Simon, a @YaleWGolf freshman, moves on to the Utah Women’s State Amateur Round of 16, defeating Roberta Scott, 7&6. Simon, a former Maryland Women’s Stroke Play champion, is in Utah for the summer living with her parents in the Park City area. pic.twitter.com/IouENDVgRr

— Randy Dodson (@RandyatFairways) August 2, 2022

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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