Moore's stellar summer continues with runner-up at CA Open
Haley Moore (USGA photo)
Haley Moore (USGA photo)

POWAY, CA. (July 12, 2018) – There are plenty of signs that Haley Moore has a long career ahead of her in golf. Among them is her ability to compete with professional players. Moore, a returning senior for Arizona, won her first professional event last month at a Cactus Tour event in Las Vegas. She nearly followed that with a California Women’s Open win on Thursday, but ultimately came up five shots short.

It’s safe to say most know Moore as the Arizona player who clinched the winning point for the Wildcats at this spring’s NCAA Women’s Championship. She did that fearlessly -- and celebrated tearfully – on national television.

Fast forward two months, and Moore is contending on a different level. She opened the two-day event at Maderas Golf Club with an even-par 72 that left her in a tie for seventh. She clawed her way up the leaderboard in Round 2 with a 3-under 69 – the second-lowest round of the day. A 3-under 141 total left her five shots shy of winner Marissa Chow, a former Pepperdine player.

Moore finished the season as Arizona’s leading scorer. She won twice and had big showings at the Ping/ASU Invitational (T-2) and Pac-12 Women’s Championship (third) to end the regular season. She was T-56 individually at the NCAA Women’s Championship.

Had Moore won, she wouldn’t have been the first amateur to take the title. Alyaa Abdulghany, now about to enter her sophomore season at USC, was a senior in high school when she won the inaugural event in 2016.

Behind Moore, amateur Jaime Jacob and Yoonju (Mary) Shin also finished in the top 5. Both finished the event at 1 over. Jacob made her first career hole-in-on at the 168-yard, par-3 15th.

ABOUT THE Women's California State Open

First played in 2016, the Women's California State Open is a 36-hole stroke play competition put on by the Southern California PGA. Open to amateurs and professionals.

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