Yuan Earns MWC Monthly Honor

BYU freshman Maggie Yuan was selected as the March 2009 MWC Women's Golfer of the Month. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

COLORADO SPRINGS -- BYU freshman Maggie Yuan has been selected the Mountain West Conference Women’s Golfer of the Month for March. It is her first individual honor as a Cougar and the team’s first MWC nomination for the 2008-09 golf season.

Yuan finished five out of eight rounds at or below par and finished in the top-20 in every tournament she competed in, posting a 73.62 stroke average for the month. She shot a 4-under 68 in the final round to tie for second place at the Wave Invitational played in Moorpark, Calif., March 3-4. Yuan finished the tournament at 4-under 140 (72-68) on the par-72, 6,054-yard Moorpark Golf Course.

At the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational, held March 9-11, at the Boulder Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nev., Yuan tied for eighth place out of a field of 96. She finished 4-over 220 (78-71-71) on the 6,234-yard course, completing both the second and third rounds at 1-under 71 and making seven birdies between the two rounds.

Yuan ended the month with a strong performance at the BYU Dixie Classic, which took place March 24-25, at the Entrada at Snow Canyon course in St. George, Utah. The Sichuan, China, native placed 15th overall on the 5,981-yard course, scoring the third round at an even-par 72 (78-79-72).

Her final individual placements in the first two tournaments of March were the best thus far in her BYU career. Yuan currently ranks 12th in the MWC for stroke average (75.83) and second on her team.

2008-09 MWC Women’s Golfers of the Month

September – Jodi Ewart (New Mexico)

October – Therese Koelbaek (UNLV)

February – Jodi Ewart (New Mexico)

March – Maggie Yuan (BYU)

Yuan’s 2008-09 Overall Stats

Rds. Strokes Avg. Low Top Finish

23 1744 75.83 68 T2

Yuan’s March Tournaments

Pepperdine Wave Invitational 72-68—140 (-4) T2/44

UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational 78-71-71—220 (+4) T8/96

BYU Dixie Classic 78-79-72—229 (+13) T15/82