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Lady Wolverines Tie for Ninth at Hobble Creek Classic
By James Warnick, UVU Sports Information Specialist
SPRINGVILLE, Utah – The Utah Valley University women's golf team finished the Hobble Creek Classic in a tie for ninth place on Tuesday at Hobble Creek Golf Course in Springville with a three-round total of 922 (+70). The Wolverines carded rounds of 301, 311 and 310 at the two-day/54-hole home tournament.
The 922 marks the fourth best 54-hole score in program history and Monday's opening round 301 tied for the seventh best single-round score in UVU history. All three rounds were below Utah Valley's 2015-16 team scoring average.
“Our team showed a lot of promise here at Hobble Creek. The girls are truly moving in a positive direction,” head coach Dr. Sue Nyhus said. “They are simply on the rise and this looks to be the beginning of a great year.”
Sophomore Carly Dehlin led the way for the Wolverines by placing 14th overall with a 12-over-par 225. Her 225 ties for the sixth best 54-hole tournament total in program history. Dehlin carded rounds of 75, 76 and 74 at the event, which included six birdies and 33 pars.
Freshman Justine Lauer was next for UVU as she tied for 24th in her first collegiate tournament with a 15-over 228. The true freshman from Fourqueux, France, recorded a trio of 76s en route to tying for 24th place. Sophomore Ana Raga finished right behind Lauer, as she tied for 29th with a 16-over 229. Raga scored rounds of 72, 80 and 77, which included birdying three of her final four holes during Tuesday's final round.
Redshirt freshmen Isabella Lesa and Kaylee Shimizu, who both participated in the tournament as individuals, were next for the Wolverines by tying for 47th and 57th places, respectively. Lesa posted a 24-over 237 (78, 79, 80) en route to her finish, while Shimizu put up a 27-over 240 (81, 78, 81).
Seniors Kimberly Nyhus and Monica Yeates rounded out UVU's field at the event by tying for 66th and 71st, respectively. Nyhus carded a 246 (78, 85, 83) while Yeates tallied a 251 (89, 79, 83).
Cal Poly and Sam Houston State shared tournament title honors at this year's Hobble Creek Classic by tying for first at 46-over 898. Southern Utah finished two strokes back to place third (900) while Eastern Washington earned a fourth-place with a 901. WAC foe UMKC took fifth (909), Weber State sixth (913), Montana State seventh (916), Northern Arizona eighth (918) and UVU and CSUN tied for ninth (922). North Dakota (931), Grand Canyon (934), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (937) and Idaho State (1016) finished 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th to round out the tournament. BYU's Anna Kennedy, who was playing the event as an individual, won individual medalist honors after firing a 2-over-par 215 (74, 74, 67). Her 4-under final-round 67 was the lowest single-round score of the tournament.
The Hobble Creek Classic not only marked Utah Valley's opening tournament of the 2016-17 season but also its lone home event.
“We are grateful to have been able to be here at Hobble Creek once again. It honestly is one of the best courses in the world,” Coach Nyhus added. “The staff and the city truly help us put on a first-class event and I'm very happy that we were able to host this event here at Hobble Creek.”
The Wolverines will now be off until Sept. 26-27 when they'll venture to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for Oral Roberts' Bob Hurley Shootout.
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