Cougars Host BYU Dixie Classic

Cougars are looking for their second win of the season and their first Dixie Classic victory since 1990. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The 13th-ranked BYU women's golf team will close its regular season in St. George, Utah as they host the 21st annual BYU Dixie Classic at Entrada at Snow Canyon.

Coming off a record-shattering season, the Cougars will challenge 13 other teams at their home tournament including No. 11 Arizona, No. 15 Denver, No. 26 TCU, No. 34 UC-Irvine, No. 46 Idaho and No. 49 Washington State.

"I expect that we'll have numerous of our players in contention for the individual title," said head coach Sue Nyhus, "This is another opportunity for us to become more familiar with Entrada so we can prepare for the Mountain West Conference and then for the NCAA Western Regionals."

BYU currently holds its highest ranking in over three decades (No. 13). It also enters the Dixie Classic as the highest-ranked Mountain West Conference team for the first time since joining the MWC. In their last couple of tounrnaments, the Cougars have finished well and have great momentum heading into the Dixie Classic. At the Donnis Thompson Invitational in Kaneo'he, Hawaii on March 20, the Cougars finished in third place with three Cougars in the top-20. One week earlier, at the UNLV Spring invitational, the Cougars won by ten strokes over conference rival New Mexico with a record setting 17 under par team score. All-American Rachel Newren recorded her fifth top-10 of the season, while senior Danielle von Arnim earned her first career top-5 finish and sophomore Natalia Jimenez earned her second.

At last year's Dixie Classic, both Rachel Newren and Juli Wightman were tied for 7th individually and led the Cougars for a second-place finish behind four-time Dixie Classic Champion UNLV. The Cougars are looking for their second win of the season and their first Dixie Classic victory since 1990.

TOURNAMENT QUICK FACTS

Date: April 3-4 (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Rounds: Three-rounds (54 holes); 36 holes on Tuesday, 18 holes on Wednesday

Tee Times: Shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. on each day. (Mountain Standard Time)

Course: Entrada at Snow Canyon (www.golfentrada.com) in St. George, Utah (3.5 hours south of Provo, Utah, 2 hours NE of Las Vegas).

Par: 72

Yardage: 6,151

2006 TEAM Champion: UNLV (301-316-305--922 +58)

2006 Individual Champion: Seema Sadekar, BYU (70-77-76--223 +7)

Tournament Director: Dave DeSantis, Brigham Young University's assistant golf coach

TOURNAMENT Field --19 Teams (National Rankings in Parentheses): Arizona, Boise State, Cal-Berkeley, UC Irvine, Colorado, Colorado State, Denver, Idaho, Nevada, Portland State, San Diego State, TCU, Washington State, and Weber State

Results: For quickest results, refer to live-scoring at golfstat.com; and if you would like to receive scores via email, please email dave_broberg@byu.edu prior to the tournament and he will email the results as soon as they are made available. We will not have access to a fax machine during the tournament. Results will also be made available as soon as possible on our website: www.byucougars.com.

Questions: Call Dave Broberg at the BYU Media Relations Office (801) 422-4907, or email:david_broberg@byu.edu During the Tournament you can reach Dave on his cell phone at (801) 372-0704

Updates: Visit golfstat.com or www.byucougars.com for the most current results.