Newren Named MWC Golfer of the Month

PROVO -- Cougar freshman Natalie Newren was recognized today for her career performance at the BYU Dixie Classic, by being named the Mountain West Conference Woman's Golfer of the Month for April.

"It's a great honor, it's very unexpected and I feel very privileged," Newren said. "I still feel like I could've played better, I missed two birdies attempts within four feet, but then again I made putts I probably shouldn't have made too."

The only Cougar to be named golfer of the month for the 2001-2002 season, Newren posted a career-best finish, as she tied for eighth out of 119 golfers at the Dixie Classic, April 8-9, in St. George, Utah. She carded a career-low eight-over 224 (74-78-72), and her third round 72 tied her personal low for a single round. In the process, Newren led BYU to its best finish of the spring season, as the Cougars finished fourth out of 22 teams.

"Natalie has worked very hard on her game," BYU head coach Sue Nyhus said. "She's been gaining confidence, and she's been a very steady contributor for us this year. She's had a great freshman season."

In her first year of collegiate play, Newren has played in seven of eight regular season tournaments, and she currently stands 11th in the MWC with a 77.4 stroke average. An early season illness kept Newren from playing in every tournament.

Newren and the Cougars are currently preparing for the MWC Championships, which will be held April 22-24 in Sunriver, Ore.