Erekson Leads Team to Dixie Classic Win

Juli Erekson led the Cougars and won the individual title at the BYU Dixie Classic (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

ST. GEORGE -- For the second year in a row, the BYU women's golf team clinched an exciting win at the Dixie Classic. Senior Juli Erekson led all Cougars and won the individual title of the tournament, her first win at a college golf tournament.

"A lot of players had personal breakthroughs at this tournament," said BYU head coach Sue Nyhus.

Erekson shot a 4-over-par 76 in round three, hitting a birdie on the first hole and two on the back nine. Her strong score from the second round, a 4-under-par 68, helped her achieve a solid lead throughout the tournament and a final score of 1-under-par. Erekson finished seven strokes ahead of teammate Shayla Forsey, who had a career best finish of second place.

"It was a great tournament," Nyhus said. "The weather was beautiful, our players were successful, and we're excited to have our second consecutive win at the Dixie Classic."

Several Cougars finished in the top-20 at the tournament. Natalia Jimenez finished fifth at 7-over-par while Ashley Childers tied for 12th at 12-over-par, and Daphne Vines followed tied for 15th at 13-over-par.

The BYU Dixie Classic consisted of 72 competitors from 13 teams, including No. 45 Texas Tech and No. 48 Nebraska. Nebraska finished in second place at 30-over-par--five strokes behind BYU. Colorado State finished in third place at 49-over-par.

"We're looking forward to bringing our skills together and playing great golf at our next tournament," Nyhus said.

The Cougars will next be in action April 11 and 12 at the 2008 Roar-EE Invitational in Mamoroneck, New York.

TEAM Leaderboard

Place School To Par Today Total

1 BYU +25 +16 288-297-304--889

2 Nebraska +30 +7 300-299-295--894

3 Colorado State +49 +17 294-314-305--913

4 Texas Tech +58 +11 304-319-299--922

5 Oral Roberts +76 +29 308-315-317--940

6 New Mexico State +81 +27 309-321-315--945

7 Portland State +83 +33 312-314-321--947

8 Wyoming +94 +30 321-319-318--958

9 BYU (B) +100 +23 324-329-311--964

10 Weber State +103 +38 315-326-326--967

11 UVSC +166 +55 347-340-343--1030

12 Idaho State +187 +56 353-354-344--1051

13 Southern Utah +189 +66 342-357-354--1053

BYU Individual Leaderboard

Place Player To Par Today Total

1 Juli Erekson -1 +4 71-68-76--215

T2 Shayla Forsey +6 +3 74-73-75--222

5 Natalia Jimenez +7 +8 69-74-80--223

T12 Ashley Childers +12 +3 72-81-75--228

T15 Daphne Vines +13 +3 76-78-75--229

T20 Jade Bollinger +16 +6 77-77-78--232

T33 Sara Romero +25 +3 83-83-75--241

T33 Hannah Summerhays +25 +3 81-85-75--241

T61 Camille Gardner +44 +14 86-88-86--260

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