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UVU golf: Wolverines in seventh after 18 holes at WAC Championships

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, April 25 2014 6:32 p.m. MDT

Freshman Monica Yeates putts the ball. She leads the Wolverines at 11-over-par after day one at the WAC Championships.

Shane Truskolaski, UVU Athletics

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The Utah Valley University women's golf team finds itself in seventh place after 18 holes of golf at the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Championships. The tournament continues Saturday with another round of 18 at the Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.

Despite being in seventh place at 49-over-par, UVU is just five shots out of fourth place. Idaho leads the field at 14-over-par, while New Mexico State is in second (+21), Seattle U third (+35), Kansas City fourth (+44), Texas-Pan American fifth (+46), Chicago State sixth (+47) and Bakersfield rounds out the field at 69-over-par.

Freshman Monica Yeates led the way for the Wolverines on the day as she is currently tied for 21st at 11-over-par (83). Redshirt freshman Kimberly Nyhus and junior Heather Mathison are just one stroke back of Yeates as both carded 84's on Friday (+12). Nyhus and Mathison enter Friday's second round tied for 23rd place.

Juniors Hannah Herman and Brooke Whittaker round out Utah Valley's field of five as they fired respective scores of 86 and 92 during Friday's opening round. Herman's 86 is good enough for 33rd place, while Whittaker's 92 puts her in 42nd.

Idaho's Leilanie Kim leads the tournament at 1-over-par after she carded a 73 on Friday, while Grand Canyon's Charlotte Jaengkit, who is playing as an individual, is in second at 2-over (74).

Saturday's second round gets underway at 7 a.m. in Arizona and will feature live scoring on GolfStat. The final 18 will then be played Sunday.

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.