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Dana Nelson Dominates Green Spring Qualifier

Temperatures hit triple digits at the first Utah State Amateur Qualifier of the 2021 season.  Green Spring Golf Course, a notoriously difficult track, played to its reputation with only three players shooting under par.  Former Senior State Amateur champion, Dana Nelson, led the field with a -4 (68).  Brock Goyen -2 (70) and Spencer Wallace -1 (71) were the other players to finish under par.  The cut/playoff came at +7 (79).

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Jennings Goes Back to Back at Utah Mid-Amateur

By Mike Sorensen

 

This time Dave Jennings didn’t have to shoot a 60 in the final round to claim the UGA Mid-Amateur Championship.

Jennings, a 36-year-old air traffic controller from Layton, won the annual Utah Golf Association event for non-college golfers over age 25 for the second straight year, taking control in the first round, and never letting up.

 

He led with a first-round 68 at Stonebridge Golf Course, increased his lead to three with a 69, then capped things off with a 71, which gave him a five-shot victory over Willow Creek CC’s Patrick Horstmann in the 54-hole tournament.

“It was a lot different this time,” Jennings said after being awarded the large Mid-Am trophy. “I was being hunted this time instead of hunting. I was just trying to beat the guys in my group.”

Last year, Jennings fired a final-round 60 at Davis Park to come from 10 shots behind to defeat Kirk Siddens by two strokes. With this victory, he became the first back-to-back winner since Scott Clark in 2004-05.

“The big thing for me this week was my putting,” Jennings said. “It was really bad a month ago — off the charts bad — and I decided I needed to really work on it. I’m a feel player and I tried to get a little more mechanical and it’s been really good.”

Following Horstmann at 213 was Ogden’s Luke Crapo at 214 and Richfield’s Ben Jorgensen at 215. Two-time champion Dan Horner finished fifth at 216.

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USGA Welcomes 135 P.J. Boatwright Interns in 30th Anniversary Class

Annual internship program has created a pathway to a career in golf for more than 3,000 men and women of all backgrounds
LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (May 18, 2021) – The USGA will fund 135 internships across its network of 59 Allied Golf Associations (AGAs) in 2021 through the P.J. Boatwright Jr. Internship Program, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Since the program’s inception in 1991, the USGA has invested more than $30 million into cultivating future leaders of the golf industry by providing college students and other qualified applicants with paid, hands-on experience as staff members at state and regional golf associations. The program has helped launch the careers of more than 3,000 individuals, with alumni holding leadership positions throughout the golf and broader sports industries and beyond.

 

The value of the internship funding in 2021 totals $1.7 million.

 

“Providing a pathway to a career in golf through the P.J. Boatwright Internship Program is one of the most important annual investments the USGA makes in the game’s long-term sustainability,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “Our 59 AGAs play a critical role in advancing the game at the local level and provide interns with some of the most valuable experience our industry has to offer.”

 

All 59 AGAs in the United States and Puerto Rico were granted funding for the 2021 class. Lasting between three and 12 months, the internships provide experience in managing all aspects of the game, including conducting competitions and junior golf programs, and supporting membership initiatives.

 

One-third of all current state and regional golf association staff members are Boatwright alumni, including 21 AGA executive directors, as well as 16 USGA staff members.

 

The internship program includes a two-day summit, in which interns from across the country visit the USGA campus for interactive professional development sessions and to network with USGA staff and each other. Due to the circumstances caused by COVID-19, the 2021 summit is being conducted virtually for the second straight year through a series of sessions running from May 19-26. The sessions are led by USGA staff members and include firsthand introductions to each of the association’s key service functions, including Championships, Rules, the Museum and Library, Green Section, and Equipment Standards, as well as Communications and Marketing.

 

The program honors the contributions of P.J. Boatwright Jr., the USGA’s third executive director, who played a pivotal role in the development of both the USGA and golf in the United States. An accomplished amateur player and one of the game’s foremost Rules experts, he served as executive director of the Carolinas Golf Association for five years before joining the USGA in 1959. He served the association until his death in 1991, leaving a legacy of sportsmanship and service.

 

In addition to being a recipient of the Bob Jones Award, the USGA’s highest honor, Boatwright’s legacy is celebrated through his enshrinement in the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, Wofford College Hall of Fame and Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame, among others. In 1990, the Golf Writers Association of America presented him with the William D. Richardson Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to golf.

 

The internship program is part of the USGA’s annual $70 million investment back into the game fueled by revenues generated by the U.S. Open Championship.

 

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BYU’s Carson Lundell ties for medalist at Ping Cougar Classic

Lundell’s win gives him his third win of the season for the Cougars

By Dick Harmon, Columnist

BYU’s Carson Lundell and University of San Francisco’s Tim Widing fired 13-under par 203s to share individual honors in the 54-hole Ping Cougar Classic at Riverside Country Club in Provo on Saturday.

San Francisco, who will join BYU at the WCC championships next week in Henderson, Nev., shot a blistering team score of 21-under par in Saturday’s final round to win the annual classic by 13 shots over Boise State. Host BYU finished third in the team standings two shots behind Boise State at 26-under.

Utah finished in sixth place at 17-under. Utah Valley finished plus-30 in 18th place.

“We started the day just seven shots off the lead and I was very encouraged and proud of where we stood going int the final round,” said BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank Jr. “Unfortunately, we did not make enough birdies on the back holes 13, 14, 15 and 16 to make a real charge.”

Lundell and Widing made birdies on the final hole, their No. 1 par 4 to get to 13-under. A sudden-death playoff was planned until both San Francisco and BYU decided to award a co-championship trophy to the two low players in respect of San Francisco’s travel plans and courtesy to club members who were waiting to take their turn on the course.

“I’m alright with that and so was San Francisco,” said Brockbank.

University of San Francisco’s Tim Widing fired 13-under par 203 to share individual honors in the 54-hole Ping Cougar Classic at Riverside Country Club in Provo on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

It marked the third medalist honor this season for Lundell who won at Fresno and was in a three-way playoff at the Western Intercollegiate a week ago. “Golfstat counts a tie as an individual title,” said Brockbank, “So, this was a great win for Carson who has really come on late in the season and has carried this team on his back. I’m very proud of him.”

Widing missed very makeable birdie putts on No. 15, 16, 17 and was an inch from putting in an eagle on his final hole, No. 1. He drove the green and had a 30-footer that just hung on the lip for eagle. On that hole, Lundell drove pin high in the fringe cut right of the green and chipped inside three feet for his birdie make.

“This was a great win for Carson (Lundell) who has really come on late in the season and has carried this team on his back. I’m very proud of him.” — BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank Jr.

While Widing’s putting abandoned him in crucial final holes Saturday, Lundell made remarkable scrambles out of the sand on 9, 11, and the right fairway bunker on his tee shot on 15 to keep his hopes alive after falling behind Widing by a stroke on the back nine in the final round.

Lundell hit a tree on No. 14 and his drive ricocheted hard into a fairway bunker near the dogleg par 4 and buried itself in the bunker upslope. “I took out a pitching wedge and hit it as hard as I could to get it out,” he said. His recovery shot ended up font left about 30 yards from the pin where he chipped to within four feet and saved his bar.

On No. 16 his drive hit a tree and bounced to the middle of No/ 12 fairway. He hit a 60-degree wedge over a pine tree to within 30 feet and got up and down for par. His birdie putt on the par-3 17th came up three inches short. “It was right in the jaws,” said Lundell. He makes that and he wins medalist honors outright.

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Bailey Tardy, Hurricane’s winds, rule the final round at Copper Rock

By Kurt Kragthorpe

 

The inaugural Copper Rock Championship came with a soundtrack. As the final threesome approached he 18th green, “Rock You Like a Hurricane” played on the loudspeaker.

 

The title had multiple meanings. Bailey Tardy will always remember Hurricane, Utah, as the site of her first Symetra Tour victory. And the other players who contended less successfully with Saturday’s conditions will remember the hurricane-style gusting winds that framed the competition at Copper Rock Golf Club.

 

“That’s real wind out there,” said former BYU golfer Kendra Dalton. “Now we know why it’s called Hurricane.”

Tardy, a University of Georgia product, was more concerned about controlling her nerves and holding off an early challenge from Maude-Aimee Leblanc, who birdied four of the first five holes. Tardy started Saturday’s final round of the 54-hole championship with a four-stroke lead and never lost it. And a surge in the middle of the round carried her to a three-stroke win over Leblanc and Samatha Wagner, as she posted 66-70-70 for a 10-under-par total.

 

Dalton made two sets of three straight bogeys over her last 11 holes, as the wind affected her putting and chipping even more than on her full-swing shots. Dalton’s 78 dropped her to a tie for 45th place, after she started the final round tied for 25th. After four tournaments, she’s 36th on the money list with $5,751.

 

Tardy earned $30,000 for the win, after a year when she just needed another $343. That’s how close she came to making the top five in the 2020 Symetra Tour standings, in a pandemic-shortened season when only five LPGA Tour cards were awarded, instead of the usual 10.

 

“I was so close last year so many times,” Tardy said. “To pull through and come out on top, it just means a lot to boost my confidence.”

 

Tardy’s key stretch came when she birdied the par-4 No. 10 and the par-5 No. 12, with a par save on No. 11 in between. Even after Leblanc cut the lead to one stroke, Tardy said, “I just stayed within my game and didn’t freak out.”

 

As for Dalton, she described herself as “a little disappointed with that finish,” amid some consolation of a lot of other high scores being posted.

 

“I definitely have a lot of room to grow,” she said. “I like to play in the wind, but this much wind, definitely there’s a learning curve.”

 

Dalton’s troubles started on the par-5 No. 8, where she missed a short par putt after the gusting wind caused her to remark her ball multiple times, worrying that it may have moved. Having scrambled well the first two days, she then developed chipping problems, leading to bogeys on the par-4 No. 10 and the par-5 No. 12. Each of those bogeys came after perfect drives.

 

Her misadventures on No. 12 began after her downwind second shot rolled to the back of the gigantic, serpentine green, with the hole located at the front – more than 50 yards away. Her mishit chip shot traveled only about 10 yards, and then she tried to chip from the green and that didn’t work much better into the wind.

And on Nos. 17 and 18, having hit the greens in regulation, Dalton misjudged how the wind might affect her ball and she three-putted each time.

Dalton’s final-round fade extended her pattern through the Symetra Tour’s first four events of the season. Yet as the schedule continues this week in Garden City, Kansas, she still likes the way she’s playing.

 

“Today didn’t look like it, (but) I felt like the first two days, I did everything pretty well. … For the most part, my games feels pretty solid all around.”

 

The wind will be the biggest takeaway for many of the tour players, but they otherwise seemed to like the Copper Rock Championship’s atmosphere. “I thought it was actually so fun,” Dalton said. “I mean, a lot of weeks we have no one (watching) on tour. And so to have the grandstands and the people on the first tee and 18th green, it’s so fun.”

During the trophy presentation, Copper Rock’s Kenneth Knudson announced that the tournament will return to Hurricane through at least 2023.

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Dalton makes the cut, Sturgeon heads home, Tardy remains on top at Copper Rock Championship after day two.

By Kurt Kragthorpe

Kendra Dalton knows that advancing to the LPGA Tour in 2022 will take more than merely making the 36-hole cuts on the Symetra Tour this season. There’s still something to be said for regularly showing up on weekends.

The former BYU golfer is now 4 for 4 in cuts made in 2021, having survived Friday afternoon’s wind at Copper Rock Golf Club in Hurricane with an even-par 72 for a 1-over total.

Dixie State University graduate Haley Sturgeon missed the cut by one stroke at 5 over, but certainly justified her sponsor invitation with a second-round 70.

Bailey Tardy (66-70) leads the inaugural Copper Rock Championship at 8 under par, playing for a $30,000 first prize in Saturday’s final round.

Dalton improved by one stroke over her opening round, even while playing in the more demanding conditions of the afternoon. It helps “if you just go into the day knowing that it’s going to be tough, rather than being surprised by it,” she said.

Dalton made three birdies and three bogeys Friday, while some difficult par saves kept her round going. She was disappointed to bogey No. 18 after her downwind approach shot sailed long, but at least that was an upgrade from Thursday’s double bogey.

Eventually, Dalton understands, she needs to put herself in contention for tournament titles to have any hope of moving up significantly from her No. 27 spot on the tour’s money list. The top 10 players after this season’s 20 events will earn LPGA Tour cards. “My game feels really good and has improved so much,” she said. “I feel like my scores haven’t quite shown that the last few weeks. Sometimes golf is like that. (But) making cuts is the next-best thing, right? And I’ve got another day (Saturday).

Sturgeon almost gave herself another round of golf at this level, but an 18th-hole birdie was not quite enough. That was one of her five birdies Friday, offset by a bogey and a double bogey. As she finished playing in the early afternoon, Sturgeon was hoping the cut line would move enough to keep her around for the weekend. Regardless, she was satisfied to produce a much better score than her opening 79.

“I couldn’t be happier,” she said.

Sturgeon will return to her job as an assistant pro at The Country Club in Salt Lake City, while continuing to prepare for the LPGA Tour/Symetra Tour Qualifying Tournament in August. She will enter the upcoming U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifying and compete in Utah Section PGA events.

This week’s Symetra Tour experience made Sturgeon believe “that I do fit in,” she said. “I played with the girl (Sophie Hausmann) that’s No. 2 on the money list and I tied her today.”

 

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The Westminster Griffins captured their first-ever Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship

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LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. – For the first time in program history, the Westminster Griffins are the winners of the RMAC Women’s Golf Championship Tournament. The first-time title holders shot a field-best 927 (+75) after hitting 299 in the final round. The Griffins were stuck in third place for the first two days of competition before coming out and outperforming the other 11 programs down in Arizona.

UC-Colorado Springs (UCCS) was three strokes behind the leader as they shot an overall +78 and improved on their total stroke count as each day went on. They shot 301 on the final day after hitting 320 and 309 in the first and second rounds.

Colorado Mesa rounded out the Top Three thanks to an overall score of 933 (+81). The Mavericks were leading the field after Day Two, but were jumped by the Griffins and the Mountain Lions in the final stretch.

Regis (+88) and MSU Denver (+95) round out the remainder of the Top Five, respectively.

On the individual leaderboard, Emily Shukus of UCCS was crowned the RMAC Champion after ending the tournament shooting 221 (+8) and coming back from five places back on the leaderboard. She shot a field-best 67 in the last round.

CCU’s Faith Kilgore remained in second place and ended the tournament with a score of 225 (+12). Behind the Cougar was Kate Keuss of Regis and Emily Donaldson of CCU shooting a 226 (+13) to tie for third place.

Finally rounding out the Top Five is Westminster’s Whitney Banz who led the Griffins to the overall team tournament championship after she shot 227 (+14). Colorado Mesa’s Hannah More also shot a 227 to tie with Banz for fifth place.

Individual Scoreboard

1)  Emily Shimkus, Colorado – CO Springs – 221 (+8)

2) Faith Kilgore. Colorado Christian – 225 (+12)

T3) Kate Keuss, Regis – 226 (+13)

T3) Emily Donaldson, Colorado Christian – 226 (+13)

T5) Hannah More, Colorado Mesa – 227 (+14)

T5) Whitney Banz, Westminster – 227 (+14)

7) Alex Naumovski, Regis – 228 (+15)

T8) Emma Tornoos, Fort Lewis – 231 (+18)

T8) Dakotah Kreil, Colorado – CO Springs – 231 (+18)

T8) Kika Dzoan, Metro State University – 231 (+18)

Team Scoreboard

1) Westminster – 927 (+75)

2) Colorado – CO Springs – 930 (+78)

3) Colorado Mesa – 933 (+81)

4) Regis – 940 (+88)

5) Metro State University – 947 (+95)

6) Colorado Christian – 948 (+96)

7) Colorado State-Pueblo – 961 (+109)

8) Fort Lewis – 976 (+124)

9) Chadron State – 981 (+129)

10) South Dakota School of Mines – 1021 (+169)

11) Adams State – 1052 (+200)

12) Black Hills State – 1057 (+205)

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Former Utah Women’s State Amateur champ Tess Blair claimed medalist honors at the Big Sky Conference Championship

MOLALLA, Ore. — The Sacramento State women’s golf team claimed the Big Sky Championship for the third time in its last four tries and Tess Blair became the second Hornet to win the individual title on Wednesday at Arrowhead Golf Course.

The Hornets entered the final round with a 3-stroke lead over Northern Arizona but were tested by the Lumberjacks throughout the round. The team’s lead shrunk to 1-stroke with three holes remaining before Sacramento State responded with an eagle, four birdies and seven pars from its four counting scores. That effort gave the Hornets an 8-stroke margin over NAU for the top spot. Sacramento State finished the tournament at 298-304-299-901. Portland State finished third (918) with Idaho (922) moving up one spot to take fourth and Northern Colorado finishing fifth (930).

The Big Sky title is the fourth in school history following wins in 2007, 2017 and 2019. The Hornets also earned a berth into an NCAA Regional and will find out its destination on Wednesday, Apr. 28, on Golf Channel.

Blair is the first Hornet to be the medalist at the Big Sky Championship since Margaux Sheehan won in 2007. The victory was the second of Blair’s career and makes her one of just four Sacramento State women to have multiple individual titles in their career. The second-year player never surrendered her first-place position during the day and won the event by eight shots. Blair was 2-over on the front nine with one birdie and three bogeys. She drew back to 1-over after starting the back side of the course with a birdie on the par-5 10th. However, bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14 took her to 3-over and put the team title in question. Blair ended the tournament in emphatic fashion as she parred the 15th, eagled the par-5 16th, parred No. 17 and birdied the par-5 18th.

Sydney Smith tied for fifth place with rounds of 73-74-77-224. That total is tied for her second lowest in her career and was just one shot off her career best. Smith remained steady through the first nine holes with eight pars and a bogey on the par-4 eighth. Her first rough stretch of the tournament came on the back nine where she had bogeys on the par-5 10th and par-3 12th and 14th as well as a double bogey on the par-4 13th. Standing at 6-over during the round, Smith played her final four holes at 1-under with a birdie on the par-5 16th and three pars.

Corinne Viden surged into a tie for 14th place overall after shooting 74 on Wednesday. Viden parred the first two holes and then birdied the par-4 third. However, she was 3-over at the turn with bogeys on Nos. 5, 6, 8 and 9 (all par 4). A bogey on the par-4 11th took her to 4-over for the round. From there, she played the final seven holes at 2-under with birdies on the par-4 15th and par-5 16th along with five pars.

Jennifer Koga posted her best round of the tournament with a 4-over par 76. She was 2-over at the midway point of the round with a birdie on the par-4 third and bogeys on Nos. 4, 6 and 8. She eventually rose to 5-over following bogeys on the par-4, 11th, par-3 14th and par-4 15th. Koga birdied the par-5 15th and headed to the clubhouse following pars on the final two holes. She tied for 21st overall after shooting 80-78-76-234.

Miki Manta shot 79 during the final round and tied for 40th overall. Manta had three bogeys on the front side of the course (Nos. 1, 3, 7). After five consecutive pars, she had a double bogey on the par-4 13th and then had three more pars. Her first birdie came on the par-4 17th but was immediately followed by a triple bogey on the par-4 18th.

BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP
Molalla, Ore. | Arrowhead GC
Par 72 | 6,154 Yards

Team Standings
1. Sacramento State 298-304-299-901
2. Northern Arizona 296-309-304-909
3. Portland State 302-307-309-918
4. Idaho 308-311-303-922
5. Northern Colorado 310-307-313-930
6. Weber State 305-318-310-933
7. Southern Utah 316-311-312-939
8. Eastern Washington 320-314-313-947
9. Montana 320-325-313-958
10. Montana State 320-337-316-973
11. Idaho State 322-323-983

Individual Top Five
1. Tess Blair, SAC, 74-69-72-215
T2. Laura Gerner, UI, 74-74-75-223
T2. Franca Polla, PSU, 73-74-76-223
T2. Ekaterina Malakhova, NAU, 74-72-77-223
T5. Sydney Smith, SAC, 73-74-77-224
T5. Kylie Esh, UM, 76-76-72-224
T5. Klara Kucharova, NAU, 73-78-73-224

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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.

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Longtime women’s golf coach Sue Nyhus announces retirement

4/21/2021 | UVU Women’s Golf

OREM, Utah – After 11 successful seasons at the helm of Utah Valley University women’s golf and 22 years in all as a collegiate coach, UVU women’s golf head coach Dr. Sue Nyhus has announced her retirement and will call it a career following the conclusion of the 2020-21 season.

The first and only golfer in USGA history to have played in every championship offered to her by the organization, Nyhus truly helped Utah Valley women’s golf go from an inexperienced NCAA Division I program into a very competitive force on the course today.

Earlier on Wednesday, Nyhus helped guide UVU freshman Victoria Estrada to the program’s inaugural WAC individual championship en route to earning the program’s first NCAA Regional bid. Nyhus will continue to lead the Wolverine women’s golf program throughout the 2021 postseason.

“I would like to thank the UVU presidents I’ve worked under, Matthew Holland and Astrid Tuminez, for their support of me and our women’s golf team. Additionally, I extend my gratitude to athletic directors Mike Jacobsen, Vince Otoupal, and Dr. Jared Sumsion, for encouraging the program to grow and helping us celebrate the successes along the way,” Nyhus said. “Over the years I have had several assistants who mostly served as volunteers. Via Wightman, Devin Dehlin, Jackie Booth, and Juli Erekson are now, and will forever be, dear friends. Teamwork makes the dream work. I would like to make special mention of head UVU men’s golf coach Chris Curran. We have made a great team these past 11 years. I am going to miss brainstorming and sharing ideas with Chris.

“I would also like to thank the supporters of UVU women’s golf. Specifically, I am grateful to all the local PGA professionals who have helped me build the UVU women’s golf program. I so appreciate their effort to support our team always. I have also been so blessed by the many student-athletes I have had the distinct opportunity to coach. Being with the student-athletes has been a great joy in my life. Their belief in themselves is so important to me. Working with these great student-athletes gave meaning to my life. Each one has touched my heart in a permanent way. Moreover, I am grateful to the parents of all the student-athletes who shared their amazing daughters with me.”

After coaching at her alma mater of BYU from 1998-2009 (2001-2009 as head coach), Nyhus then moved over to UVU and went on to become the longest tenured coach in program history after leading the Wolverines from 2010-2021.

In Utah Valley’s last full season of competition (2018-19), Nyhus helped guide her Wolverines to arguably their best year in program history as her team finished just three strokes back to place third at the 2019 Western Athletic Championship (289-299-300-888). Nyhus also had a pair of players earn all-conference accolades that season in three-time All-WAC honoree Carly Dehlin Hirsch and 2019 selection Kaylee Shimizu.

During her time at UVU, Nyhus coached a total of 11 all-conference honorees, as well as conference athlete of the year, conference newcomer of the year, and conference freshmen of the year selections. During just her second season at the helm (2011-12), she helped Lynn-Marie Nagel earn top medalist honors at the Great West Conference Championship as well as her team earn a second-place team finish en route to earning GWC Coach of the Year recognition that season.

Nyhus also helped her Wolverines improve on their national ranking in nearly every season during her time at Utah Valley. She helped her team achieve a program-best final ranking of 124 following the 2017-18 campaign. She also guided the Wolverines to a trio of team victories as well as helping five different Wolverines earn tournament medalist honors during her tenure.

“I am also grateful to my husband Steve for supporting my coaching passion over all these years, as well as for the patience of our daughters, who have scheduled some of their key life plans around my coaching schedule,” Nyhus added. “Now, I am looking forward to giving back in different ways and enjoying more time with my family, especially my grandchildren!”

Despite all of the successes on the course, Nyhus also helped her Wolverines achieve greatness in the classroom as she coached a total of 37 WGCA All-American Scholars during her tenure at Utah Valley and 49 more academic all-conference performers. She also helped her 2012-13 squad compile the 11th-best team GPA in the nation with a 3.66 grade-point average.

Over the past few seasons, her teams and players have shattered nearly every record in the program’s record book. The 2018-19 Wolverines hold the Low 54-Hole Total of 879 (+27) at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic, the Low 36-Hole Total of 585 (+17) at the 2019-20 Hobble Creek Fall Classic, and her 2019-20 club also holds the Low Round vs Par with a 2-over-par 290 at the NM State Aggie Invitational while her 2017-18 club holds the Low Round overall with a 4-over-par 288 at that season’s Hobble Creek Fall Classic.

“We are truly grateful to Coach Sue Nyhus and everything she and her family have done for the women’s golf program at UVU. We want to thank her for her 11 valiant years of service,” UVU Director of Athletics Dr. Jared Sumsion said. “Sue has been a wonderful ambassador for Utah Valley University and will certainly be missed. Coach Nyhus has undoubtedly elevated UVU women’s golf since she arrived on campus and will leave the program in a better place than she found it. Dr. Nyhus has positively impacted countless student-athletes and community members throughout her storied career-we wish her all the best as she begins this next chapter of her life in retirement.”

While the head coach at Brigham Young, Nyhus was twice named Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year. She also helped lead her Cougars to NCAA Regional appearances in six of her eight years as the head coach, as well as a pair of NCAA Championship appearances. She also led the Cougars to a No. 13 national ranking in 2007 as well as a 17th-place finish at the NCAA Championships that season.

Nyhus is a two-time Utah Women’s State Amateur Champion as well as a four-time Utah Golf Association Senior Women’s Player of the Year. She was also inducted into the Utah Golf Association Hall of Fame just last year (2020) and formerly played professionally for five years on the Women’s Professional Golf European Tour from 1987-1991.

Nyhus holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BYU, as well as a doctorate degree from the University of Utah. She is also a 2007 graduate of the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy.

A search for Nyhus’ replacement will begin immediately. Interested individuals should send resumes to UVU senior associate athletic director Cathy Nixon via email at [email protected]

Courtesy: UVU Athletics Department