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Manteca’s Shutler falls in WAPL Championship

Sierra grad gearing up for pro career in Canadian Tour

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Manteca’s Shutler falls in WAPL Championship

Julie Shutler, 21, competes in a tournament for Sacramento State last fall.

BOB SOLORIO/Sacramento State Athletics

POSTED June 21, 2012 12:25 a.m.

Julie Shutler, 21 of Manteca, was eliminated by fellow Californian Alice Jeong, 5 and 3, in the 36th U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship’s Round of 64 Wednesday in Neshanic Station, N.J.

Shutler qualified for the match-play stage with a 1-over 145 (74-71) two-day total at Neshanic Valley Golf Course. She ended up in a tie for 28th.

Qualifying medalist Lisa McCloskey, who earned the top seed with a 7-under finish, will face Jeong of Gardena today.

Shutler and Jeong were all square through nine holes. Jeong took the lead for good with a birdie on the par-4 10th. Shutler finished 3-over on holes 10-15 after going 2-under on the back nine in stroke play.

The 2012 Big Sky Conference Women’s Golfer of the Year out of Sacramento State will now venture into the professional ranks. She will enter the Canadian Women’s Tour and compete in her first tournament as a professional June 25-27 at Club de golf Beloeil in Quebec.

Shutler, who graduated from Sierra High in 2008, tuned up for this week’s Public Links Championship by competing in a Canadian Tour event as an amateur June 11-13. She placed tied for 44th out of 85 competitors with a 13-over 155 (78-77).Canadian amateur and Brooke Mackenzie Henderson was low medalist with a 3-under 139.

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