Kelsey Chugg Gets a Surprise Hero's Welcome at the Airport
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (November 17, 2017) - 26-year-old Kelsey Chugg captured the 31st U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship
on Sunday with a 3&1 final match victory over Mary Jane Hiestand of Naples, FL.
With the win, Chugg earned exemptions into the 2018 U.S. Women's Open at Shoal Creek as well as the 2018 U.S. Women's Amateur.
Upon returning to her home state of Utah that evening, she got a surprise welcome at the airport, replete with "Chugg!" chants and signs.
Chugg is a former Weber State college golfer who now works for the Utah Golf Association. She is the 8th player from Utah to win a USGA championship.
Players from Utah to win a USGA event:
1926 George Von Elm, U.S. Amateur
1973 Johnny Miller, U.S. Open
1977 John Fought, U.S. Amateur
1983 Kelli Antolock, U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links
1995 Scott Hailes, U.S. Junior Amateur
2002 Annie Thurman, U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links
2005 Clay Ogden, U.S. Amateur Public Links
2017 Kelsey Chugg, U.S. Women's Amateur