Lyford Makes Birdie on Last Hole to Beat Hinds by 1 in Cal State Fair Women’s Am

Sienna Lyford of Roseville, who played college golf at UC Irvine, sank a birdie putt on the final hole to defeat Alaythia Hinds of Rancho Murieta by one stroke and capture the 27th California State Fair Women’s Golf Championship at Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course in  Sacramento.

Lyford, who recently won the 2022 Sacramento County Women’s Amateur Championship for the second straight year and finished second in both the California Women’s Championship and the Valley Invitational earlier this year, posted a score of 68-69—137, seven-under-par.

Hinds, a junior at Pleasant Grove High in Elk Grove, rallied with four birdies on the back nine but could manage only a closing par and fell barely short of a playoff at 69-69—138.

Lyford’s year is challenging 2018 as the best of her career, as that season she won the Castlewood Junior Championship, the Stockton Golf and Country Club Junior Championship and the Trusted Choice BI Regional in addition to tying for fourth in the 69th Sacramento City Junior Easter Championship.

Caitlin Maurice of Sacramento, who plays at Sacramento State, shot 71-71—142 to tie for third with Darla May Dela Tore of Fairfield, who wound up at 69-73—142, and Sammie Miller of Brentwood, who finished at 70-72—142.

Petra Yee of Sacramento carded a score of 74-69—143 to tie for sixth with Penny Chai of Alameda, who finished at 73-70—143, while Nikki Chindavong of Fairfield shot 69-75—144 to tie for eighth Ellie Bushnell of Granite Bay, who wound up at 70-74—144, and Anitra Khoth of Stockton and the University of Nevada Reno was 10th at 73-72—145.

Previous winners of the California State Fair Women’s Golf Championship, the first two captured by Monica Stratton in 1996 and 1997, include Mina Harigae, Lynn Cowan, Kim Welch, Alice Kim, Samantha Hutchinson, Paige Lee, Betty Chen, Madchen Ly, Jamie Yam, Vanessa Ha and Anika Varma last year.

Sakura Watanabe of Roseville won the Net Flight First Division by posting a score of 70-67—137, followed by Terri McCall of West Sacramento at 67-73—140, Pam Katros of Roseville at 68-73—141, Carrie Manriquez of Rancho Murieta at 67-76—143, and Agnes Kennedy of Sacramento at 71-74—145.

Rosie Ho of Sacramento carded a score of 75-65—140 to capture the Net Flight Second Division, while Tyra Jarvis of Sacramento was second at 68-77—145, followed by Chris Corbridge of Orangevale at 79-68—147. Diedre Wentworth of Dixon shot 74-77—151 to tie for fourth with Rebecca Birch of Carmichael, who came in at 76-75—151.

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