Cheyenne – It had been a while since Jared Edeen had to protect a lead.
He did just that at the 97th Wyoming State Amateur Championship on Sunday at the Cheyenne Country Club.
For the second consecutive, Edeen shot 3-under-par 69, which allowed him to win the tournament with a score of 7-under at 209.
“I was surprisingly calm,” Edeen said. “I just tried to stick to the process of staying on the fairways and hitting greens.”
The left-hander started the round off strong by stroking a birdie on the first and third holes. He shot for par on the next seven and ended the front nine 2-under before carding two more birdies on Hole Nos. 12 and 15.
The 2017 Cheyenne Central graduate only recorded bogey in the second and third rounds after shooting four bogeys in the first round.
“I was a lot looser and more relaxed on the second and third days,” Edeen said. “I was hitting bogeys on the first day because I was playing tight and nervous.”
Twenty-one-year old Trey Massey placed second in this year’s state am.
Massey made up for the 4-over-par performance he had in the second round and allowed himself to get back in the running for first place. He shot 3-under in the third round for a final score of 211.
“I was playing too conservative (Saturday) and I was in attack mode (Sunday),” Massey said. “I knew I needed to post a good number to have a chance. I gave it a good shot.”
Although Massey managed to give himself a chance by recording four birdies on the front nine with a total of six on the day, he also carded three bogeys on the third, fourth, and 14th holes.
“I was on 17 and I knew if I could birdie those last two then I’d really have an opportunity,” Massey said. “I just got out of position.”
Massey will look to get a first-place finish at the Wyoming State Open, which starts July 12, while Edeen will be competing in the Laramie Open starting Friday.
“I learned a lot from being in this position,” Edeen, 20, said. “I can take what I learned from this tournament and definitely use it next weekend and in the future.”
Ethan Cates – who will be a senior at Cheyenne Central this fall – and UW sophomore-to-be Kirby Coe-Kirkham split third place at 212.
Cheyenne East graduate Blake Danni was in the final three-some with Edeen and Coe-Kirkham. He tied for fourth with 2017 Wyoming State Amateur Champion Jordan Costello at 2-under 214.
Ali Mulhall is not only the youngest golfer to win the Wyoming State Amateur Championship. She can now say she is the youngest to win the tournament in back-to-back years after finishing at even-par with a total of 216.
Mulhall shot a 2-over par 74 on Sunday morning’s third round at the Cheyenne Country Club.
“It feels really good to come out here and be able to win this tournament again.” Mulhall said. “I just came out prepared (Sunday) and wanted to play my best game.”
The soon to be eighth-grader was indeed prepared to take home the trophy as she started off the third round by draining birdie putts on Hole Nos. 1 and 3. Mulhall followed the birdies with an eagle on the fifth hole and was sitting at 4-under after the first five holes.
She started to cool off by double-bogeying the next two holes and finished the front nine at even-par.
“I think I started off a little too hot,” Mulhall said. “I tried to play steady from there and tried to keep my lead for the rest of the round.”
She was able to keep her lead through the back nine and remained steady as she shot for par on six of the nine remaining holes.
Ali wasn’t the only Mulhall to earn some hardware on Sunday.
Her nine-year-old sister, Molli, also won the third flight of the state am.
The Mulhall sisters have limited time to celebrate their feats as they have a quick turnaround and will compete in the Drive, Chip & Putt amateur tournament beginning on Monday in Denver.
University of Wyoming golfer Erin Sargent was runner-up of the tournament after posting a third round score of 3-under and a total score of 219, just three strokes behind Mulhall.
“I was on a lot more with my wedges and my iron shots (Sunday), I was hitting the fairways a lot better, as well.” Sargent said. “I was just playing a lot more confident.”
After three bogeys and two birdies in the front nine, she was 1-over going into the final nine holes.
She managed to gain three strokes on Mulhall when she aced the 15th hole, which is a 138-yard par-3. Mulhall carded a bogey on the hole.
It was the first hole-in-one of her career.
“It was super exciting,” Sargent said. “It’s nice when you walk up to the green and you don’t have to try and get a putt in to make up any strokes.”
Sargent will look to carry her momentum into the U.S. Amateur qualifier on Wednesday.