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UVU golf: Nagel two shots back after day one at Rainbow Wahine Invite

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29 2013 9:40 p.m. MDT

Junior Lynn-Mari Nagel tees off at the Hobble Creek Golf Course in Springville in early September. Nagel enters Wednesday's second round at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational just two strokes back of the tournament lead.

Shane Truskolaski, UVU Athletics

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WAHIAWA, Hawai'i — Lynn-Marié Nagel led Utah Valley on day one at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational on Tuesday by shooting a 3-over 75 at the Leilehua Golf Course in Wahiawa, Hawai'i. The junior will enter Wednesday's second round tied for ninth place and just two shots back of the tournament lead.

As a team, the Wolverines ended the round in eighth place after 18 holes of golf. UVU's 30-over-par (318) on Tuesday puts it just five shots back of fellow WAC foe Grand Canyon as well as Northern Arizona (313), as the two are tied for sixth place. In fact, the Wolverines sit just 19 shots back of the day-one leader Sacramento State (299).

Behind Nagel's 75, Hawai'i native Cassandra Lesa (Kaneohe, Hawai'i) posted the Wolverines' second best score Tuesday with a 7-over-par 79. After 18 holes of play, Lesa is tied for 26th.

Fellow Hawaiian Kalea Heu (Wailuku, Hawai'i), who is playing as an individual at the tournament, had the third-best round for UVU as she carded an 8-over 80. Heu is tied for 33rd place.

Kimberly Nyhus and Brooke Whittaker are Utah Valley's next best finishers as they are tied for 39th at 10-over-par. Whittaker and Nyhus each fired identical rounds of 82 on Tuesday.

With all eight golfers in action at the final tournament of the fall season for the Wolverines, Hannah Herman, Heather Mathison and Monica Yeates also competed Tuesday. Mathison and Yeates, who are playing as individuals, are currently tied for 42nd place at 11-over (83), while Herman finished day one in 50th with 15-over (87).

Nagel will enter Wednesday's second round just two strokes behind BYU's Lea Garner, Sacramento State's Tiffany Nichols and Northern Arizona's Kaitlen Parsons, as the trio of golfers are tied atop the leaderboard at 1-over-par.

The three-day/54-hole tournament will continue with 18 more holes of golf Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. HT (12:30 p.m. MT). The final round will then take place Thursday at the same time. Live scoring for the entire tournament can be followed by visiting the Golfstat website.

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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