Former Cougars Earn MWC Recognition

Rachel Newren and Carrie Summerhays were selected to the MWC 10th Anniversary Women's Golf team. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

COLORADO SPRINGS -- Two former BYU women’s golfers have been named to the Mountain West Conference’s 10th Anniversary Women’s Golf team.

Carrie Summerhays (1999-2002) and Rachel Newren (2004-2007) have been honored by the conference for their personal achievements while members of the BYU women’s golf program. The team was selected by a combined panel of media, institutional and conference personnel and online fan poll. In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must have been an All-Mountain West selection at least once in their career.

Summerhays was named the 1999-00 and 2000-01 MWC Player of the Year and MWC First Team her senior year in 2002. As a freshman, she earned recognition by being named First Team All-Western Athletic Conference. She owns the school’s sixth-best individual season scoring average (75.00) from her sophomore season in 2000 and holds the second-best individual career scoring average (75.80) in BYU history.

During her BYU career, she enjoyed six career victories, tied for first place with Pam Miller (1978-80), and is second all-time on BYU’s list for par-or-better rounds (19 out of 124 rounds played). Summerhays was given Honorable Mention All-American honors her sophomore year after placing sixth at the NCAA West Regionals and placing in the Top-25 in 11 of 12 events she participated in.

Summerhays was also given the Competitor Award from the university following her senior season in 2002.

“She was a leader the day she stepped on campus,” said BYU women’s golf head coach Sue Nyhus. “She knew how to play the game of golf and how to elevate her game not only for herself, but the entire team. Carrie led the team for four years and it was a joy to coach her.”

Newren, a native of Salt Lake City, owns nearly all of the records in BYU women’s golf history. Following her sophomore and junior seasons, she was named to the MWC First Team and was given Honorable Mention All-America status. After her senior year in 2007, Newren earned Second-Team All-America honors while being named the MWC Player of the Year.

She owns the school record for lowest round scores in 18, 36, 54 and 72-hole tournaments. Newren also holds records for the best NCAA Tournament finishes in BYU history, finishing in 16th place in 2005 and 11th place in 2006. Her senior season produced BYU’s lowest-ever stroke average of 72.97, after claiming two previous records in the same category. Her BYU career stroke average of 74.97 is all-time best.

Newren tied for third place in career victories (3) during her time in Provo. She also claimed the record for most rounds (41 out of 141) scoring par or less.

“Rachel came from a family of golfers,” Nyhus said. “She had four siblings on college scholarships at the same time and learned from all of them. She went on to break all the records that Summerhays had put in.”

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