Daphne Vines won the Utah Women's State Amateur this week, one of four BYU golfers making the most of their summer. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
PARK CITY -- The BYU women's golf team has been staying busy this summer as four Cougar golfers have made noise on the links in recent weeks.
Sophomore Daphne Vines made the most of her first appearance in the Utah Women's State Amateur Golf Tournament, rolling to a six-shot victory over Cougar teammate Juli Erekson and Colorado State golfer Natalie Stone at the Park City Golf Course. BYU head coach Sue Nyhus finished fourth.
"It was so much fun playing in the tournament," said Vines. "It was my first Utah event, and I got to play with my coach and teammate so it was really fun. It was awesome. We just had a lot of fun."
The wire-to-wire tournament leader, Vines fired the lowest round of the event with a 69 on Monday, one of only two sub-par rounds all week, while shooting a 72 on Tuesday and a 73 on Wednesday. Vines finished the tournament with a 54-hole total of 214, two under par.
A torrential downpour halted play for about two hours during Wednesday's final round as Vines was about to tee off on the seventh hole with a four-stroke advantage. After the delay, Vines pushed the lead to eight shots with birdies on holes 10 and 11 while Erekson dropped two shots. In the end, Vines finished just before darkness fell with a final-round 73 to put the win in the books.
"It was great to see Daphne and Juli play so well and to have a one-two finish for our team," said Nyhus. "It's always great having a Cougar win the Utah State Amateur. It does a lot of great things for us. It gives us exposure in the local media and local golf community that we don't normally get. It makes our players more than just names on a paper."
Vines' win marks the 20th Utah Amateur victory by a Cougar golfer, including the last four years (Nicole Newren-Chandler -- 2004; Rachel Newren -- 2005, 2006). Her sister, Kelsey, a junior at Dixie High in St. George, Utah, finished eighth at 230.
Vines isn't the only one who has been busy on the links this summer. Erekson and Ashley Childers, who will both be seniors this season, will be competing in next week's U.S Amateur in Indiana after qualifying this summer. Junior Natalia Jimenez, who is still recovering from a broken neck she sustained in a car wreck at the Mountain West Conference Championships in May, recently won the Militar Tournament in her native Columbia, one of the largest tournaments sponsored by the Columbian Federation of Golf Association.