UVU golf: coach Nyhus excited for her team's chances this season
"The two incoming players to the team will be quite an asset for us. Kim has the experience of being around the team for a year and has made significant improvements on her game over the last several months. Monica comes in with a great deal of tournament experience and a higher level of maturity than most freshmen have. She fits right in with the group as they have already welcomed her with open arms, and we are looking forward to both of them making significant contributions for us throughout the year."
Nyhus was also impressed with how hard her squad worked over the summer break.
"A high percentage of our players competed throughout the summer and did very well. We are thrilled that they took the time, energy and financial means to go out and push themselves. That constant competition is what is going to make them better in the long run. I'm very pleased with my team's efforts this summer and their improvements in their games."
The Wolverines begin their fall season Friday at the Wildcat Invitational at Davis Park Golf Course in Kaysville, Utah. UVU took third at the one-day, 18-hole tournament a year ago.
Utah Valley's lone home tournament will be Sept. 9-10, when it co-hosts the Hobble Creek Invitational with BYU at Hobble Creek GC in Springville, Utah.
"We're excited to be able to bring the Hobble Creek Tournament back. It has a rich history dating back into the 1970s that people at UVU are mostly unaware of because that event ceased to take place before Utah Valley started its women's golf program," Nyhus said. "With the help of one of my former players and current coach of BYU (Carrie Roberts), we decided to bring it back as a co-hosted situation. Originally this tournament hosted a number of Pac-12 schools and was a gathering for some of the oldest and greatest programs in the West, and we're looking forward to a great tournament at a fantastic golf course."
During the fall season, UVU will also play in Idaho at the Bronco Fall Classic (Sept. 16-17), in New Mexico at NM State's Price's Give `Em Five Classic (Oct. 7-9) and in Hawai'i for the Rainbow Wahine Invitational (Oct. 29-31).
The spring season will then feature two tournaments in St. George, Utah, and four in Arizona. One of those four tournaments will be the 2014 WAC Championships that will be held at the Longbow Golf Course in Mesa, Ariz., on April 25-27.
"We're excited to get things going on Friday," Nyhus said. "We present a stronger core than ever before. And as we develop confidence and foster that feeling of 'Yeah, this is where we belong.' (then) our team will excel both in the state and in the WAC."
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.
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