Cougar finish fourth at MWC Championships

SUNRIVER -- BYU women's golf finished fourth at the 2003 Mountain West Conference Championships at the Sunriver Resort on Saturday.

For the third consecutive season the Cougars finished fourth in the MWC tournament while 12th-ranked New Mexico claimed its fourth consecutive title. The Lobos and UNLV were tied for the team lead entering today's final round and stayed tight throughout the afternoon. The team and individual champions were decided on the final hole as New Mexico junior Katrina Leckovic pared the 18th hole and UNLV freshman Sunny Oh bogeyed to help New Mexico squeak out a one-stroke victory, 890-891. Colorado State finished third with a score of 917, followed by BYU (926), San Diego State (934) and Wyoming (989).

Leading the Cougars was freshman Danielle Von Arnim, who has been the hottest Cougar in recent weeks, as she finished 15-over-par and in 10th place. Another Freshman Catalina Guacaneme finish two strokes back and in 13th place individually. Freshman Symantha Medenhall shot a final-round 75 to finish 18-over-par and in 18th place.

"We're a very young team with a lot of talent and we're only going to improve," BYU head coach Sue Nyhus said. "This group has a very bright future, there's no question."

BYU's top three individuals were all true freshman while sophomores Natalie Newren and Margaret Gibby have been leaders all season long for the Cougars. BYU will lose one senior, Jessica Gardner, to graduation and gain the services of another talented Newren--incoming freshman Rachel Newren.

The Cougars now hope to continue playing as they wait for an NCAA Regional invitation.

FINAL RESULTS           Mountain West Conference Champ

Meadows Sun River, OR

Dates: 04/24 - 04/26 (Today:04-26-2003)

Par: 71 72

Yardage: 5851 6011

Fin. Top 20 Teams Scores

1 New Mexico, U. of 316 280 294 890

2 UNLV 305 291 295 891

3 Colorado State Univ. 309 303 305 917

4 Brigham Young Univ. 314 305 307 926

5 San Diego State Univ 321 301 312 934

6 Wyoming, U. of 335 325 329 989

Fin. Name School Scores

1 Katrina Leckovic New Mexico 74 67 75 216 +2

2 Sunny Oh UNLV 73 73 72 218 +4

3 Kailin Downs New Mexico 79 70 73 222 +8

4 Christina Spence New Mexico 82 69 72 223 +9

Elena Kurokawa UNLV 79 70 74 223 +9

6 Christine Hentzner UNLV 78 72 75 225 +11

7 Trisha Quick Col. St. 79 72 75 226 +12

8 Hwanhee Lee UNLV 76 77 74 227 +13

9 Shayna Miyajima S.Diego St 79 73 76 228 +14

10 Erin Borcherts UNLV 78 76 75 229 +15

Danielle von Arnim BYU 77 72 80 229 +15

12 Mayumi Motoyama Col. St. 77 77 76 230 +16

13 Catalina Guacaneme BYU 81 75 75 231 +17

14 Sandy Kim S.Diego St 76 73 83 232 +18

Shannon Johnson New Mexico 84 74 74 232 +18

Symantha Mendenhall BYU 77 80 75 232 +18

17 Lynette Duran Col. St. 76 79 78 233 +19

18 Dawna Virdell Col. St. 85 75 76 236 +22

19 Claire Riley S.Diego St 84 78 75 237 +23

20 Margaret Gibby BYU 80 78 80 238 +24

Stephanie Linnell Col. St. 77 81 80 238 +24

22 Natalie Newren BYU 80 82 77 239 +25

23 Kellyn Newman New Mexico 81 77 82 240 +26

24 Shala Hanson Wyoming 79 79 84 242 +28

25 Kim Nissen Wyoming 86 80 77 243 +29

25 Jennifer Hoene S.Diego St 82 77 84 243 +29

27 Toni Lutz S.Diego St 87 82 78 247 +33

28 Alison McGuire Wyoming 86 80 84 250 +36

29 Mimi Urish Wyoming 84 86 89 259 +45

30 Ashley Cariveau Wyoming 89 90 84 263 +49