MIDWAY -- It was perhaps fitting that Kelsey Chugg repeated as Utah Women's State Amateur champion.
After all, four of the past five state champions have won back-to-back titles before relinquishing their titles.
Chugg repeated as State Am champion in style on Thursday afternoon at Wasatch Mountain Golf Course by defeating highly touted Sirene Blair, 4 and 3, as what was expected to be a classic contest unraveled quickly as Chugg won every other hole on the front and had a five-up lead at the turn of the 18-hole match.
Chugg was error free on the front, which magnified the atypical errors by Blair who got off to a sputtering start with some poor chipping that handed several holes to Chugg on a platter.
A lightning threat forced a break at the turn, a timely interlude for Blair who needed to gather herself for the back nine.
The break, along with a huge five-hole lead, broke the rhythm of the match for Chugg, and she didn't win a hole on the back nine.
But the former Weber State standout didn't need to win a hole. All she needed was to not lose five. Blair won the 11th hole, her only hole of the day, and time ran out on her on the 15th hole.
Chugg joins an illustrious list of recent repeat winners this century: Annie Thurman, Rachel Newren, Daphne Vines and Natalie Stone.
Still, the title is was no sure thing for Chugg. Three of Utah's most heralded
prep players, Blair, Lea Garner and Tara Green had hoped to grab the moment in the spotlight.
But that moment will have to wait for at least another year.
Blair, who finished up at Bingham High and is now headed to San Diego State, and Garner, the former Bonneville High standout who just finished a successful first season at BYU, met in the semifinals and had a nearly error-free contest, with Blair gaining a 1-up victory on the last hole when Garner's 10-foot slightly breaking birdie putt slid over the left edge of the cup.
Blair and Garner's semifinal match was almost errorless. Neither one missed a fairway all day and it was rare when they weren't both on the green. All seven holes that were won in the match were won with birdies.
Usually there is a bogey in there somewhere.
Scores aren't official in match play, but their medal scores showed Blair at 5-under and Garner at 4-under.
In the other semifinal, Chugg had her closest call of the entire tournament as Green, the former Weber High star who plays collegiately at Montana, came from two down with four to play and squared the match on the 17th hole.
Green's marvelous comeback went for naught when her left breaking two and a half foot putt on the 18th hole lipped out and advanced Chugg to the finals.
* ANNIE PARK REACHES US WOMEN'S AMATEUR QUARTERS: At Charleston, S.C., NCAA champion Annie Park won two matches Thursday in the U.S. Women's Amateur to advance to the quarterfinals.
The 18-year-old Park, the Levittown, N.Y., player coming off her freshman season at Southern California, beat Brittany Fan 2 and 1 in the morning in the second round, and edged Kelly Shon of Port Washington, N.Y., 1 up in the third round at the Country Club of Charleston.
Park will face Yueer Cindy Feng of Orlando, Fla. Feng beat Casie Cathrea of Livermore, Calif., 1 up.
In the other upper-bracket quarterfinal, Lauren Diaz-Yi of Thousand Oaks, Calif., will play Doris Chen of Taiwan in a rematch of Diaz-Yi's 10-and-9 victory in June in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links final.