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Cox wins first Connecticut Women’s Amateur title; Serruta finishes in top 10

Kyra Cox of South Salem, N.Y. won her first Connecticut Women’s Amateur title with a dominating three-day performance. (Photo courtesy Connecticut State Golf Association)

HARTFORD, August 16 – It’s been quite a summer for Kyra Cox.

The 18-year-old golfer from John Jay High School in South Salem, New York, won her third tournament in the last two months with a dominating victory at the 53rd annual Connecticut Women’s Amateur Championship Thursday at the Hartford Golf Club.

Cox, who will play Division I golf at Furman University (Greenville, S.C.), won the Connecticut Women’s Amateur Championship by eight strokes over Newtown’s Sarah Houle of Rock Ridge Country Club. Cox, the only player to break par in all three rounds, was 19 strokes ahead of New Fairfield’s Alexandra Sazhan of the Golf Performance Center in Milford in third place.

Kyra Cox won her first Connecticut Women’s Amateur title. (Photo courtesy Connecticut State Golf Association)

In July, Cox won her second New York State Women’s Amateur title by seven strokes. She led from start to finish. She was 15 when she won the New York amateur title for the first time in 2015 – the youngest player to ever win the tournament.

A week ago, Cox won the Northern Junior Championship in Milford by just one stroke thanks to a birdie at No. 16 and two pars to finish the second and final round.

Defending Connecticut Amateur champion Autumn Serruta of the Golf Club of Avon finished tied for tenth place with scores of 81-81-80 for a total of 242. She had third birdies in the tournament.

Cox led from start to finish in Hartford and finished with a three-day total of 211 (70, 70, 71). She had a tournament-high 13 birdies, including four on Thursday.

Houle finished a three-day total of 219 (77, 75, 68) and nine birdies in the tournament while Sazhin, who finished her sophomore year at Quinnipiac in May, had a 230 (72, 79, 79). The Hartford Golf Club was hosting the Connecticut Women’s Amateur for the first time.

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