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Estrada crowned top medalist, UVU finishes fourth at WAC Championship

BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Utah Valley’s Victoria Estrada birdied two of her final four holes en route to firing a final-round 71 to earn top medalist honors at the 2021 WAC Women’s Golf Championship on Wednesday at Boulder Creek Golf Club with a 2-under-par 214. By winning medalist honors, Estrada also earns the program’s inaugural bid to an NCAA Regional.

As a team, the Wolverines earned a fourth-place finish at the 2021 WAC Championship with a three-round total of 909 (+45). UVU carded rounds of 297, 300 and 312 on its way to placing fourth.

“Victoria played a spectacular round of golf today with an exceptional finish,” head UVU coach Dr. Sue Nyhus said. “The wind was steady all day but started gusting on the back nine. On her 18th hole she had to re-tee the ball three times because the wind kept knocking the ball off the tee. But it didn’t bother her as she shot 2-under on the last four holes. With near birdies on the other two holes as well.”

After opening her first WAC Championship appearance with a 2-over-par 74 on Monday, the second-year freshman Estrada posted the best score of her collegiate career with a 3-under-par 69 on Tuesday. She then moved up two spots during Wednesday’s final round with stellar play down the stretch to win top medalist honors with the final round 71. Her 54-hole total of 2-under-par 214 matches the program record for the best three-round score in UVU history.

Estrada also earned first team All-WAC recognition for the first time in her career following the tournament. She too became the program’s inaugural WAC individual champion after earning top medalist honors.

Freshman Anna Lesa also had a strong 2021 WAC Championship performance by earning a top-15 finish by tying for 12th with an 8-over-par 224. Lesa carded rounds of 71, 74 and 79 on the way to earning the 12th place finish.

Junior Bailey Henley was next for the Wolverines by tying for 23rd with 17-over-par 233. Henley carded rounds of 75,78 and 80 on her way to finishing in the top 25.

Freshmen Macy Robertson (77-80-82—239) and Caylyn Ponich (80-79-86—245) rounded out UVU competitors at the WAC Championship by placing 32nd and 37th, respectively.

New Mexico State won the 2021 WAC Championship with a 9-over-par 873 (287-287-299). Grand Canyon finished seven shots back to take second at 16-over (880), while Seattle U took third (902). UT Rio Grande Valley finished behind UVU in fifth place (921).

Prior to Estrada’s WAC individual championship on Wednesday, former Wolverine Ana Raga was UVU’s previous top WAC Championship finisher by earning a runner-up finish in 2017.

The 2021 NCAA Regionals will be contested May 10-12 at four different sites around the country. The 2021 NCAA Women’s Golf Selection Show is scheduled for April 28 and will air live on the Golf Channel.