Last week several valley golfers competed at the California State Women’s Open hosted by La Costa Resort & Spa. This event was two rounds with no cut and was operated by the SCPGA.

Murrieta’s Serena Chon (Amateur; Murrieta Valley/UC Riverside/University of New Mexico) led the group with rounds of 78-74=152 (+8) for a T6 finish.

Elina Kuang (Amateur; Murrieta Mesa) of Murrieta posted a T11 finish with rounds of 75-78=153 (+9).

Kaila Higgins (Amateur; Great Oak/Chapman University) from Temecula recorded a T37 finish with rounds of 85-78=163 (+19).

Temecula’s Monika Poomcharoen (Great Oak/University of Iowa) was T40 with rounds of 84-81=165 (+21).

Sydnee Michaels of Murrieta (Linfield Christian/UCLA) was scheduled to make an appearance in this event as her second tournament start in nearly three years, but she was able to get into the Marathon LPGA Classic and withdrew. At Marathon she shot rounds of 73-73=146 (+4) to miss the cut. She will make a third consecutive start at this week’s Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Michigan, the tour’s only team event where she is paired with Ashli Bunch.

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