John Schmidt

Betty Chen follows a shot on her way to winning the State Fair Women's Championship at Bartley Cavanaugh.

UC Davis sophomore wins State Fair Women's title

Published: Monday, Sep. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 10C
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 2, 2013 - 12:56 am

There are two types of competitive golfers: Those who want to know exactly where they stand at all times, and those who don't.

Betty Chen is decidedly the latter.

Chen, who started Sunday's second and final round of the California State Fair Women's Championship with a one-stroke lead, learned of her victory while sitting at a table in the Bartley Cavanaugh restaurant.

"You're the winner," she was told.

"Am I?" she replied.

This after playing alongside her three closest pursuers all day.

Chen posted a par 72 for a two-round total of 5-under-par 139 and a three-stroke win over Megan Osland.

The 19-year-old UC Davis sophomore from Castro Valley, playing in her first State Fair, hit the right side of the fairway and right side of the green on the dangerous 18th hole with water all along the left. She two-putted for par and … headed for the air-conditioned area.

No fist pump, no smile, no reaction of any kind.

"I was just trying to get on the green," she said of her final-hole strategy. "I knew it was close, but I can't keep track of everyone's score."

Her closest pursuer came from the group ahead, as it turned out. Osland, a 20-year-old San Jose State junior from Kelowna, British Columbia, who finished third last year, shot a 69 to finish second after starting the day seventh. Her final round was the best of the day.

Taryn Yee (75), a UC Irvine senior and McClatchy High School graduate, tied for third with Alexandra Kristofersson (74), a San Jose State freshman from Jonhopings, Sweden.

– Steve Pajak

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