FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (June 27, 2013) — Mallory Kent of Tukwila, Wash. went wire-to-wire to win the 20th Washington State Women’s Amateur, while Lisa Smego of Olympia, Wash. won her third Senior Women’s Amateur title at the 14th Washington State Senior Women’s Amateur. Both championships are conducted by the Washington State Golf Association, and were held concurrently at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club in Federal Way, Wash.
Kent, who just completed her junior year at Washington State University, carded a final round 4-over par 76 to win by one stroke. She led the championship the first and second rounds, but going into the final round this afternoon she got off to a rough start on the front nine going 4-over par and losing her lead in the championship. But Kent, who favored the back nine all week long, shot even par on the back nine and made her way back to the top of the leaderboard to win by one stroke over Jordan Ferreira of University Place. “It was definitely a rough start on the front nine, but I was able to get it back going on the back nine holes. I had a few chances at birdies which ended up being easy pars” said Kent. “It was really my ability to get up and down for pars this week that won me the championship” she added.
Kent’s head coach for the WSU women’s golf team is Kelli Kamimura, who won this championship in 2001. Kent is looking to use this momentum as she prepares for the U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifier and the Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur.
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