Nyhus and Newren Earn MWC Honors

Newren earns MWC C0-Player of the Year (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

St. George, Utah (April 23, 2007)-- The Mountain West Conference announced its all-conference team and individual awards at the conclusion of its women's golf championship at Entrada at Snow Canyon in St. George, Utah, on Saturday, April 21.

BYU senior Rachel Newren and New Mexico freshman Jodi Ewart were named the Co-Players of the Year, while Ewart also earned Freshman of the Year honors. BYU head coach Sue Nyhus was selected the Coach of the Year.

Ewart claimed the individual title at the 2007 MWC Women's Golf Championship leading her team to a third-place finish. She was second in the MWC regular season with a 72.92 stroke average. Ewart posted four top-10 finishes, including two in the top five.

Newren claimed medalist honors at the 2007 MWC Women's Golf Championship, taking third place. As a senior, the third-place finish marked the second time in her career she earned medalist honors as she finished in second place in 2005. For the season, Newren paced the MWC with a 72.81 stroke average and collected seven top-10 finishes during the season, including a win at the Ron Moore Women's Invitational. She was named the MWC Golfer of the Month in October and March. Newren is the third Cougar to earn MWC Player of the Year honors, Carrie Summerhays earned the same award as a sophomore in 2000 and as a junior in 2001.

BYU's head coach Sue Nyhus earned MWC Coach of the Year honors for the second time in her career. She also was named the 2005 MWC Co-Coach of the Year. BYU tied its best finish in the MWC Championship in second place with a three-round 904.

Coach of the Year:                

Sue Nyhus, BYU

Co-Players of the Year:

Rachel Newren, BYU

Jodi Ewart, New Mexico

Freshman of the Year:

Jodi Ewart, New Mexico

All-Conference Team:

Juli Erekson, BYU

Natalia Jiminez, BYU

Rachel Newren, BYU

Jodi Ewart, New Mexico

Catherine Matranga, TCU

Valentine Derrey, TCU

Camille Blackerby, TCU

Natasha Krishna, UNLV?