Natalie Mu wins second ever SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship
23 Mar 2022
by Kent Paisley of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for SCGA Women's Mid-Amateur, Santa Ana Country Club, Natalie Mu Profile

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Credit SCGA

Natalie Mu walked away from the game after graduating from Cal in 2017. She picked up her clubs again during the pandemic and found her competitive spirit again. Her return to tournament golf culminated in a four-stroke victory at the second Southern California Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, Calif. on Tuesday.

“The putter was working pretty well,” Mu told the SCGA. “I put a little extra love in my putter. I made a lot of putts, saved a lot of pars and I think that kind of saved both rounds yesterday and today. It was still a little nerve-racking, but I pulled through.”

Former Cal Poly golfer Caitlin Farley, who is currently a marking manager with Cobra Golf, finished second at 11-over 157 (78-79) while Shelly Haywood, former women's head coach at Arizona, finished third at 12-over 158 (77-81). Mu entered the final round in third place, two strokes behind Haywood and one behind Farley, but shot a final-round 74 to secure her first-ever SCGA victory. After shooting even par on her outward nine, Mu birdied holes 10 and 11 to open a three-stroke lead and was able to retain her spot at the top over her last seven holes to claim the title.

“It feels surreal and I want to thank everyone who (organized) the tournament,” Mu said. “I got those two birdies to start the back nine and that felt good…(and) I had a great sand save on hole 12.

“This is a great event for those who have been in the working world and just want to get back into playing like me,” Mu said. “I had a great time.”

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ABOUT THE SCGA Women's Mid-Amateur

The SCGA Women's Mid-Amateur Championship is open to female amateur golfers with a USGA Handicap Index of 9.4 and below at the time of registration. The Championship is contested over two days and participants compete in individual stroke play conducted over 36 holes.

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