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Utah Valley Women Finish Sixth in WAC Championship
MESA, Ariz. – With a strong final day, the Utah Valley University women’s golf team moved up a spot in the standings to finish sixth at the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championships Sunday at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona.
As a team, the Wolverines carded a 318 on Sunday to end their first trip at the WAC Championships in sixth place. The 318 was 19 shots better than the 337 that UVU recorded on Friday and 36 ahead of the 354 that it put up on Saturday. It was also the fourth-best team score of the day.
Utah Valley finished in sixth place with a three-day total of 1,009, while New Mexico State leapfrogged ahead of Idaho on the final day to win the conference title at 56-over par (920). The Vandals came in second (926), while Seattle took third (965), Kansas City fourth (974), Chicago State fifth (995),
Texas-Pan American seventh (1,035) and Bakersfield eighth (1,060).
Redshirt freshman Kimberly Nyhus and junior Heather Mathison both led the Wolverines on the final day by shooting a couple of 4-over par 76’s.
Nyhus also led UVU at the tournament by placing 22nd overall at 32-over par (248). The Wolverine redshirt freshman recorded three birdies during the final round including one on the par-5 18th hole. She also carded scores of 84 and 88 on the weekend.
Mathison was Utah Valley’s next best finisher at the tournament as she placed 26th at 35-over par (251). Besides firing a 76 on Sunday, Mathison also recorded scores of 84 and 91 at the tournament.
Freshman Monica Yeates also posted a top-30 finish as she tied for 29th place with a 256. Yeates carded an 80, 83 and 93 at her first WAC Championships.
Juniors Brooke Whittaker and Hannah Herman rounded out UVU’s five competitors as they finished in 35th and 36th places, respectively. The two Wolverine juniors both recorded 86’s on Sunday.
Idaho junior Leilanie Kim (73-79-72–224) won the individual title with a 54-hole 8-over par 224. New Mexico State’s Viviana Macias (75-80-73–228) placed second, while New Mexico State’s Kacey Dalpes and Idaho’s Cassie McKinley tied for third with scores of 13-over par 229.