Newren finished 11th individually at the NCAA National Championships. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
Newren Earns All-American Second Team Selection
By Danielle von Arnim
PROVO -- BYU senior Rachel Newren was named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-American second team at the conclusion of the NCAA Championship finals last weekend.
Newren, the 2007 MWC Co-Player of the Year was named to the NGCA All-American Second Team on Friday, BYU's first Second Team All-American selection. Newren led the Cougars to a 17th-place finish (BYU's second best finish in school history) and a fifth place finish at the NCAA West Regional in St. George, Utah two weeks earlier. With an impressive four-under-par 68 final round, Newren finished in 11th place individually, tying the best individual finish by a Cougar at a championship with Terry Norman's 11th place in 1985.
"I can't tell you how proud I am of Rachel," BYU head coach Sue Nyhus said. "She is the best player in the history of this program and she set the standard and the expectations for this program. She set a mark that people will be reaching for for a long time. Thanks in a big part to her, BYU golf is on the rise."
Newren becomes the fifth All-American in the 35-year history of the BYU women's golf program and the first three-time All-American. She was named to the NGCA Honorable Mention All-American Team in her sophomore and junior seasons at BYU. The Cougar All-American list includes First Team All-American Pam Miller and Honorable Mention All-Americans Kelli Antolock, Lynda Bridge, and Carrie Summerhays
At the end of her senior season Newren was individually ranked by Golfstat as 14th in the nation and 23rd by Golfweek. The Salt Lake City native set almost all of BYU's records including the all-time career stroke average. As a senior, she led the Cougars to two tournament victories, seven top-5 finishes and a record-setting 06-07 regular season. She leaves BYU as arguably the best female golfer in Cougar history.