Aug. 30, 2012
OREM, Utah -- The last time the Utah Valley University women's golf team teed up it placed second at the Great West Conference championships, and UVU women's golf coach Sue Nyhus is counting on the momentum to continue in the 2012-13 season.
"The confidence we gained finishing second has carried over to this season," Nyhus said. "We start a leg up from where we were last year at this time."
At the GWC tournament, the Wolverines shot well below their team scoring average in all three rounds.
"We finished the season strong," Nyhus said. "I think the girls really pulled it together the last few weeks and stepped up and did what we knew they could do."
As a team, the Wolverines shot rounds of 298, 311, and 316.
The Wolverines open the season Friday at the Wildcat Invitational at Davis Park GC in Kaysville, Utah, where they finished third last year.
"Our players have been working on their games and have improved throughout the summer," Nyhus said. "We have two seniors and one junior this season. We're still young, but more competitive that we were last year. The future is bright."
Lynn Marie Nagel, who was the top medalist at the GWC championships and was named the GWC Newcomer of the Year, is back for her sophomore season, while seniors Morgan Workman and Jordyn Dougal are gearing up for their final campaign.
Nagel led the Wolverines in stroke average at 78.00 in 25 rounds, and she shot a school-record 69 on the opening day of the GWC tournament. Lauren Ballenger averaged 80.35 and Dougal averaged 80.79, followed by Workman (83.3); Brooke Bliss (84.55); Hannah Herman (86.33); Heather Mathison (94.67).
The Wolverines welcome freshman Kalea Heu
(Waiuku, Hawaii); Cassandra Lesa
(Kaheohe, Hawaii) and Kimberly Nyhus
"I'm looking forward to working with the incoming freshmen," Coach Nyhus said. "They all bring their own strengths and it will be fun to watch them grow and improve."