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Local golf star wins SCGA Women’s Amateur

Local golf star Alyaa Abdulghany won the Southern California Golf Association Women’s Amateur this week that was played at Newport Beach Country Club. Abdulghany, who played at Corona del Mar High School and is now an incoming junior at USC, fired a two-under par final round 69 to come from behind to earn the victory.

Katherine Muzi, from Walnut and also a member of the USC golf team, and Brooke Seay, from San Diego and a member of the 2018 USA World Junior Girls Team, were tied heading into the final round after shooting 73-68.

Local golf star wins Alyaa Abdulghany

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Alyaa Abdulghany

But Abdulghany, who sat two shots back at the start of the day, caught fire on the closing nine birdieing three of the final six holes to win over Amy Matsuoka, also from Newport Beach, Seay and Zoe Campos, of Stevenson Ranch, by two strokes with a 54-hole score of 212.

Highlights for Abdulghany over the past year include victories at Palm Resort Golf & Country Club in Malaysia where she won the Johor Amateur Open; the Battle at the Rock, a collegiate event in Riverside, where she finished first;  and a second-place finish in the Malaysian Amateur Open last month at Kelab Golf Sarawak.

Matsuoka is a senior at the University of Oregon and also played at CdMHS.

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