Wolverines improve and move up a spot at Hobble Creek Invite

Heather Mathison

Sept. 10, 2013

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SPRINGVILLE, Utah -- The Utah Valley University women's golf team bested its first two rounds by seven shots and moved up a spot at the Hobble Creek Invitational on Tuesday, finishing 10th in the tournament co-hosted by UVU and BYU.

"We had better play from the entirety of the team and had some individuals perform well today," said head coach Sue Nyhus. "We're going to use this as a springboard to improve as the season goes on and as we prepare to compete in Boise next week."

The top individual performance of the day came courtesy of redshirt freshman Kim Nyhus, who shot a 2-over-par 73, the best round of her young career. With her round, Nyhus moved from 44th up to 29th in the individual standings. Lynn-Marié Nagel was the top finisher for Utah Valley over the three-round tournament, tying for 19th. Both Nyhus and Nagel were playing as individuals.

The Wolverines shot a team score of 315 on Tuesday at picturesque Hobble Creek Golf Course (par-71, 6,032-yards), just a short drive south of the UVU campus.

"It was really important for us to have this tournament in our own backyard. For the girls to be in a familiar environment where fans can come and watch them play, and where high school golfers can see what the next level looks like are both great things for women's golf locally." Nyhus said.

Among those competing for the team score for the Wolverines, Heather Mathison shot a 4-over-par 75 and finished 37th to lead the way. Brooke Whittaker finished just behind Mathison in a tie for 38th following a seven-over 78.

Hannah Herman (46th), Cassandra Lesa (47th), Kalea Heu (t-49th) and Monica Yeates (t-64th) round out the Wolverines' scores.

San Francisco, which entered the day in first place, held on to take the top spot, finishing six shots in front of Gonzaga. The Dons shot 290 on Tuesday for a three-day total of 880. BYU's Lea Garner won medalist honors with a final round 71, winning by five shots.

The Wolverines will now head to Kuna, Idaho to compete at Boise State's Bronco Fall Classic next Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16-17.