The senior-to-be at Oregon State led wire-to-wire and will go for her fourth straight Washington State Women’s Golf Association State Championship.
Olivia Benzin of Tacoma shot rounds of 69-72-77 to win the 25th Washington State Women’s Amateur and Victoria Fallgren of Spokane successfully defended her title by winning the ninth Washington State Women’s Mid-Amateur at Lake Spanaway Golf Course in Tacoma on Thursday.
Benzin, a senior on the Oregon State women’s golf team, led the Women’s Amateur wire-to-wire. She shot the only under-par round of the championship with a 3-under 69 in the first round. She started Thursday’s final round with a six-shot lead, cruising to a four-shot win over second-place finisher Jamie Huo of Auburn.
“I started off the week with a couple of solid rounds,” Benzin said. “Today was a bit more of a grind, but I was able to finish it off. I didn’t know where I stood (on the leaderboard) coming down the stretch; I knew I wasn’t having a great day, so just tried to stay as steady as I could.”
Later this month, Benzin will be playing in the WSWGA State Championship and will try to win her fourth straight title.
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Fallgren, an assistant coach at Gonzaga, won the Women’s Mid-Amateur for the second year in a row. She began the final round three shots behind but shot 72 to win by one stroke at 225.