BYU Women's Golf Forecasting a Great Season After a Huge Summer

(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah (Sept 7,2006) --After having one of its best years in program history, the BYU Women's Golf team is looking to the future with huge anticipation. This past summer is just a glimpse of what can be expected from the Cougars this upcoming season.

"We have worked really hard and there has been a lot of improvement", said head coach Sue Nyhus. "I am expecting to see some very good things happen this year".

BYU's top player and Golfweek/Titleist Women's Amateur No. 11-ranked player, Rachel Newren has been quite busy. The senior from Salt Lake City participated in seven tournaments over the summer, some of which are nationally and internationally recognized events. Newren competed and won first place in the Utah Cup, Utah State Amateur, Mick Riley Memorial and Mountain Dell Classic. Newren also placed 20th in the British Amateur Strokeplay and competed in the U.S. Open Sectionals in Hacienda Heights, California. Another success was placing second in the North and South Amateur Championship held at Pinehearst, N.C. Newren most recently played at the Nokia Champions Challenge alongside golf legends Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sörenstam, Mike Weir and Hale Irwin.

Sophomore Natalia Jimenez won two tournaments in her hometown of the Bogota, Columbia. Jimenez won the Pueblo Viejo Open as well as the Milatar Open where she competed against BYU teammate Danielle von Arnim, who placed fifth at the tournament.

Juli Erekson competed in the US Amateur PubLinx where she made it into the quarterfinals of the tournament. Teammate Ashley Childers competed in the US Women's Open Sectionals. Incoming freshmen Hannah Summerhays and Daphne Vines both participated in tournaments over the summer.

The BYU Women's Golf Team will kick off their '06-'07 season Monday at the Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.