BYU's Summerhays Prepares for NCAA Championships

After a sixth-place finish in the NCAA West Regionals, BYU Sophomore Carrie Summerhays moves on to the NCAA Championships in Sunriver, Oregon on May 24-27. Summerhays is the first BYU women's golfer since Lisa Christie in 1993 to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Summerhays is one of only six individual qualifiers in the nation.

"We thought it was a definite possibility coming into the regional that Carrie could qualify," BYU coach Gary Howard said. "It's a fitting finish for the player who has led our team all year long. It is quite an accomplishment to qualify as an individual because it is a lot easier to qualify as a team."

The Championships tournament will be played on an extremely picturesque and long course designed by former BYU golf standout John Fought. The course weaves between pines and marshland about 15minutes south of Corvallis, Ore.

"The course (Sunriver) is very long and fairly flat which favors Carrie's game," Howard said. "My guess is that she is one of the longest hitters in the country and the will play to her advantage.

Carrie Summerhays, who finished sixth at the NCAA West Regionals, collected her third and fourth victories this spring putting her in second place in career victories at BYU behind Pam Miller who won six tournaments during her career in the early 1980s. Summerhays came very close to collecting her fifth career victory at the Mountain West Conference Championships, but narrowly missed after Wyoming's Jordan Lintz shot a sizzling final round 71 to slip past Summerhays.

Summerhays, the daughter of Bruce Summerhays a current Pro on the PGA Senior Tour, has placed in the top ten in seven out of the Cougars' eleven tournaments this season and has a team-low stroke average of 74.85. Summerhays earned Co-Mountain West Player of the Year honors with Ryley Webb of New Mexico. She was also named to the All-Conference team for the second year in a row. Summerhays has also been invited to represent the U.S. in the upcoming 2000 U.S./Japan Matches in Japan on June 25-July 1. Summerhays was one of four female amateur golfers from the U. S. to be selected to this elite team.

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CARRIE SUMMERHAYS BIO

Fall 1999:

Placed in the top-20 in three of BYU's four events including a second-place finish at the BYU Invitational...shot a season-low round at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational where she place 13th...placed fourth at the Rainbow Fall Classic...during the summer, was a quarterfinalist at the USGA Women's Publinks Championships.

Freshman 1998-99:

Named first-team All-WAC and placed eighth at the WAC Championships...placed in the top 20 in nine of her 11 events... placed in the top-ten seven times including victories at the Ferrell Invitational and Utah Dixie Classic...placed eighth at the BYU Invitational, Northwest Invitational, Bruin Pioneer Invitational and at the WAC

BEFORE BYU: Lettered in golf, soccer, basketball and softball at Wasatch High ... Region 10 Team in basketball in sophomore, junior and senior years ... Named 3A MVP in basketball sophomore year ... 3A All-State in basketball junior and senior years ... 3A All-State golf senior year ... Tied for third in state for golf in senior year ... Part of state champion basketball team sophomore year ... Placed in the top 10 at Junior World in 1990 in San Diego ... Placed sixth in the BIG I in 1997 in Pueblo, Colo. ... made the 36-hole qualifier cut at the 1997 USGA Junior Girls Championship.

Summerhays Info:

Carrie Summerhays • Sophomore • Heber City, Utah

Carrie Summerhays

Rds. Strokes Avg. Low Top finish

33 2470 74.85 70 1st

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CARRIE SUMMERHAYS 1999-2000 RESULTS

Date Tournament Place Score

Sep 13-14 BYU Invitational 2nd/87 77-74-74--225

Sep 23-25 Dick McGuire Invit. 29th/97 79-75-74--228

Oct 11-13 Edean Ihlanfeldt 13th/65 84-72-75--231

Nov 9-10 Hawaii Fall Golf Clsc. 4th/100 67-71-67--205

Feb 28-29 Bay Area Classic 2nd/91 74-71--145

Mar 6-8 Spartan Invit. 25th/74 76-80-79--235

Mar 12-14 Pioneer/Bruin Clsc. 11th/90 75-77-72-224

Mar 27-28 Lady Aztec 1st/108 70-75--145

Apr 3-4 Utah Dixie Classic 10th/132 74-74-75--223

Apr 24-26 MWC Championship 2nd/25 72-75-77-224

May 2 Mike Farrell Invit. 1st/29 73-71--144

May 11-13 NCAA Western Reg. 6th/126 75-70-72--217