Nicole Newren-Chandler won the Utah Women's State Am Wednesday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
LAYTON -- Former Cougar Nicole Newren-Chandler took the lead in the second round of the Utah State Women's Amateur Championship and never looked back, winning the 3-day tournament at Valley View Golf Course by two strokes over Lynsey Myers.
Newren-Chandler carded a 6-under total of 216 from the red tees on the par 74 course.
She shot two under par on the front nine and held a four shot lead much of the back nine. The closest the contest came was on the 16th hole when she missed a short par putt and saw her lead trimmed to two strokes, but she promptly birdied the 17th hole and had three shots to play with on the final hole.
Newren-Chandler said she was a bit surprised to find herself atop the leader board at the conclusion of the tournament.
"I've never been the leader, or been able to keep a lead in my college career," she said. "It's a big surprise."
With the win, Newren-Chandler earned a spot on the Utah team for the Utah-Arizona Shootout in September.
Wednesday's win will give her the boost she needs to play well in Arizona.
"[Winning the State Am] is a real confidence builder for me," Newren-Chandler said.
Newren-Chandler's Cougar teammates faired well at the State Am as well. Margaret Gibby finished just three strokes behind Newren-Chandler to land in third place. Natalie Newren, the 2001 State Am Champ, finished five strokes back at 221.
BYU coach Sue Nyhus, a former State Am Champ as well, said the State Am was a great opportunity for the girls to showcase the BYU golf program.
"This was a great day for Cougar golf," Nyhus said. "I'm really proud of how our girls performed and finished today, especially Nicole."
Nyhus also participated in the tournament, tallying a 227, good enough for seventh-place finish. Former Cougars Lachell Poffenberger and Terry Hansen also played in the tournament and finished tied for fifth place.
2004 Utah State Women's State Amateur Championship
Championship Flight Results
216- Nicole Newren-Chandler, 76-69-71
218- Lynsey Myers, 70-78-70
219- Margaret Gibby, 68-78-73
221- Natalie Newren, 72-76-73
222- Lachell Poffenberger, 74-77-71; Terry Hansen, 76- 71-75.
225- Tenille Howe-Slack, 73-76-76
227- Sue Nyhus, 73-81-73; Adrianne Olson, 79-74-74