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The Newren Sisters and Brother Steve! Where Are They Now?
Where Are They Now?
(As a regular feature of the UGA Web Page we will occasionally focus on some names of the past and report on where and what they are doing now. This series begins with the Brent Newren family and his three Utah State Women’s State Am champions Nichole, Natalie, and Rachel, and their brother Steve.)
One of the great stories of the past decade was the story of the Newren sisters and their brother Steve and their golfing prowess. The three sisters each won the Utah State Women’s Amateur, a fete that has not been accomplished in any other state. All three of them played college golf at BYU.
The story began to take shape in 2001 when then 18-year-old Natalie Newren won the Utah State Women’s State Am by three shots, shooting rounds of 78-73-74-225 at Oakridge Country Club. In 2004, Nicole, the oldest sister, won the title at Valley View Golf Course with rounds of 76-69-71-216, a six under par score. Nichole was on the BYU women’s golf team at the time. The very next year, 2005, the youngest sister, Rachel, made it back-to-back wins for the Newrens as she sank a pressure packed putt on the final hole to win the State Am title by one shot over her BYU Coach Sue Nyhus at Hidden Valley Country. Rachel shot 74-75-73-222.
The next year, 2006, the Women’s Utah State Am was held at The Country Club and the entire state was focused on the event because it was the Centennial Edition of the tournament. Rachel came from behind to repeat as champion and also made it three in a row for the Newren sisters. She shot 77-74-68-218 and won by two strokes.
Steve Newren was also an outstanding player and although he didn’t ever win the Utah State Amateur he did win the prestigious UGA Tournament of Champions at Wolf Creek and shot back-to-back 66s, which is a tournament record that still stands. He also won many other amateur tournaments and competed on the University of Utah golf team where he won one collegiate event.
So where are they now?
We’ll go from the oldest to the youngest.
Natalie lives in West Jordan and is the mother of three children, girls 5 and 1, and a boy 3. Her husband is Travis Laird who is a lawyer. Natalie is playing some casual golf and is hoping to play more this year.
Nichole lives in Kaysville and is also the mother of three children, a boy 6, and girls 4 and 1. She is married to Matt Chandler who is a banker. She is planning on playing more this year and even hoping to play in the State Am.
Steven needs two more classes to graduate from the University of Utah in economics and is currently teaching golf in the University of Utah Recreation Department. He has not competed on the amateur golf circuit for several years, but indicated that he is starting to get yearnings to play some tournament golf again.
Rachel has just been named as the head coach of the Dixie State women’s golf team and lives in St. George. Her husband, Curtis Harmon, is going to school at Dixie College. They have a one-year-old daughter. Rachel played on some mini-tours and is now considering applying for reinstatement to amateur status.
The four golfing Newrens were a product of the outstanding Utah Junior Golf Association program and were the beneficiaries of supportive parents.
The Newrens also have two older sisters, Stacey Anderson and Stephanie Postma. They never played the game competitively, but they have enjoyed following the links exploits of their younger siblings.