Aug. 11, 2012
Montana golfer Tara Green advanced to the semifinals of the 106th Utah State Women's Amateur Championship this week. The four-day tournament was played Tuesday through Friday at the Logan Golf and Country Club.
Green, of Harrisville, Utah, advanced out of Tuesday and Wednesday's qualifying with rounds of 72 and 79. Her aggregate score of 151 moved her into the event's 16-athlete match play tournament.
Green defeated Brooke Bliss, a sophomore at Utah Valley, 5 and 4 in Thursday morning's round of 16, then knocked off defending champion Julie McMullin 4 and 3 in Thursday afternoon's quarterfinal round.
Green's tournament came to an end Friday morning in the semifinals with a 3 and 2 loss to Kelsey Chugg, a senior-to-be at Weber State. Chugg would go on to defeat 13-year-old prodigy Naomi Soifua in Friday afternoon's title match.
"Kelsey went three up through the first five holes because I was all over the course. I was left, I was right. I just wasn't playing my game," Green said.
"I was one down after nine, but that's as close as I would get. She was on her A game, I was on my C game."
It was Green's third straight year advancing to the tournament's semifinal round. Last year Green knocked off Chugg in the quarterfinals on the 20th hole.
Chugg was the day-one leader at April's Big Sky Conference championship. She would ultimately finish tied for ninth at +4. Green tied for 28th at +17.
Green, who will be a sophomore in 2012-13, was the 2012 Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year and second-team all-league selection. She played all 31 rounds for Montana as a freshman, finishing the year with a stroke average of 77.6 and taking medalist honors at Cal State Fullerton's tournament last February.
Green said of her goals for the upcoming season, "Your number one goal is always to win, but I also want to play consistently and collect as many top 10s as I can.
"And of course our bigger goal is for the team to win the Big Sky Conference championship."
Montana, which finished fourth at last spring's Big Sky tournament, opens its fall season Sept. 3-4 at the Montana State Invitational.
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