(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
SALT LAKE CITY -- BYU All-American Rachel Newren collected her second-straight Utah State Amateur title on Wednesday after shooting an impressive final-round 68 to win by two strokes over Lynsey Myers.
Newren, who has had an impressive summer heading into her senior season, became the Utah State Am's 100th champion in the oldest women's golf amateur in America. Newren placed 16th at the 2006 NCAA Championship and was the runner-up at the prestigious North and South Women's Amateur at Pinehurst Resorts No. 2 course.
Heading into the final round of the 54-hole event, Newren trailed Myers by four strokes.
"I like to work my way back, I do better under pressure," Newren later admitted.
She made the turn with a 32 thanks to birdies on 14, 15, 16 and 18 (She played the back nine first). The key hole on the day had to be her final hole, the par-5 hole No. 9 at The Country Club in Salt Lake. It had caused her some trouble earlier in the tournament, but she went for the green on her second shot with a 5-wood and the gamble paid off. She hit the backside of the green and two-putted for a birdie to claim the two stroke victory.
BYU head women's golf coach Sue Nyhus was also in contention on the final day. After five holes she led Myers by one stroke and Newren by three.
"Sue was awesome," Newren said. " My coach has always given me a battle."
Before long Newren caught fire and birdied three par-4s in a row on the opening nine.
"When Rachel gets going she is tough to beat," Nyhus said. "When she started making birdies I knew I was in trouble."
Newren final round 68 gave her a total score of 218, two strokes better than Myers and six strokes better than two-time champion Nyhus who finished third at 224.
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