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UVU posts 10th-place finish at Pat Lesser Harbottle Invite
By James Warnick, UVU Asst. Sports Information Director
LAKEWOOD, Wash. – The Utah Valley University women's golf team concluded the Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational by shooting a 14-over-par 302 on Tuesday en route to earning a 10th-place finish (out of 15 teams) at the 54-hole tournament. UVU finished in 10th place at the event after recording rounds of 317, 300 and 302 for a three-round total of 55-over-par 919.
The three-round tally of 55-over 919 marks the third-best 54-hole team score in school history. Monday's 12-over-par 300 also tied for the fifth-best single-round score in program history while Tuesday's 14-over 302 resulted in the ninth-best score.
“I was pleased with how the girls played this week. They truly did a nice job of battling the elements and coming through with a couple of solid team scores,” head UVU coach Dr. Sue Nyhus said. “I'm very encouraged with how the team performed and I like the direction that we are headed.”
True freshman Justine Lauer led the way for the Wolverines during Tuesday's final round by recording an even-par 72 on the day. Lauer put up four birdies and 11 pars during the round to card the best single-round score of her young collegiate career. With her solid final-round score, Lauer moved up 21 spots on the leaderboard to tie for 35th place with a 15-over-par 231 (82-77-72).
Despite recording a 9-over-par 81 on Tuesday, sophomore Ana Raga posted UVU's best finish at the event by tying for 21st place with a 10-over-par 226. Raga's 10-over 226 ties for the ninth-best 54-hole total in program history. The Caracas, Venezuela, native earned Utah Valley's top finish after carding scores of 71, 74 and 81 at the event.
Fellow sophomore Carly Dehlin was next for Utah Valley by tying for 27th place with a 12-over-par 228 (81-72-75). Dehlin's even-par 72 that she carded during Monday's second round, tied for the best single-round score of her career.
Senior Kimberly Nyhus (84-77-75—236) and redshirt freshman Kaylee Shimizu (83-82-80—245) rounded out UVU's field of five by placing 59th and 81st, respectively. Fellow senior Monica Yeates (85-80-79—244) and redshirt freshman Isabella Lesa (84-80-82—246) too competed in the tournament for the Wolverines as individuals and earned respective finishes of 78th and 82nd.
The defending national champion Washington Huskies won the tournament with a 16-over-par 880, while BYU placed second (883), Oregon State third (887), Washington State fourth (891), Gonzaga fifth (899), Cal State Fullerton sixth (900), Sam Houston State seventh (907), Weber State eighth (915), the host Seattle U Redhawks ninth (917), UVU 10th (919), Sacrament State 11th (920), Cal Poly (931) and Eastern Washington tied for 12th (931), Grand Canyon 14th (934) and Montana 15th (955). UW's Julianne Alvarez earned individual medalist honors after finishing the tournament at 3-under-par (71-73-69—213).
The two-day, 54-hole tournament was contested at the Tacoma Golf and Country Club in Lakewood, Washington.
The Wolverines will conclude the fall portion of their schedule on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at the SCU Colby Invitational in San Jose, California.
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