Colin Prenger, WAC
With a strong final day, the Utah Valley University women's golf team moved up a spot in the standings to finish sixth at the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championships.
As a team, the Wolverines carded a 318 on Sunday to end their first trip at the WAC Championships in sixth place. The 318 was 19 shots better than the 337 that UVU recorded Friday and 36 ahead of the 354 that it put up Saturday. It was also the fourth-best team score of the day.
Utah Valley finished in sixth place with a three-day total of 1,009, while New Mexico State leapfrogged ahead of Idaho on the final day to win the conference title at 56-over-par (920). The Vandals came in second (926), while Seattle took third (965), Kansas City fourth (974), Chicago State fifth (995), Texas-Pan American seventh (1,035) and Bakersfield eighth (1,060).
Redshirt freshman Kimberly Nyhus and junior Heather Mathison led the Wolverines on the final day by shooting a couple of 4-over-par 76's.
Nyhus also led UVU at the tournament by placing 22nd overall at 32-over-par (248). The Wolverine redshirt freshman recorded three birdies during the final round including one on the par-5 18th hole. She also carded scores of 84 and 88 on the weekend.
Mathison was Utah Valley's next best finisher at the tournament as she placed 26th at 35-over-par (251). Besides firing a 76 on Sunday, Mathison also recorded scores of 84 and 91 at the tournament.
Freshman Monica Yeates also posted a top-30 finish as she tied for 29th place with a 256. Yeates carded an 80, 83 and 93 at her first WAC Championships.
Juniors Brooke Whittaker and Hannah Herman rounded out UVU's five competitors as they finished in 35th and 36th places, respectively. The two Wolverine juniors each recorded 86's on Sunday.
Idaho junior Leilanie Kim (73-79-72 — 224) won the individual title with a 54-hole 8-over-par 224. New Mexico State's Viviana Macias (75-80-73 — 228) placed second, while New Mexico State's Kacey Dalpes and Idaho's Cassie McKinley tied for third with scores of 13-over-par 229.
The three-day, 54-hole WAC Women's Golf Championship was contested at the Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.
Also announced Sunday were the All-WAC teams and top awards. Idaho's Kim was voted the WAC's Player of the Year by the nine head coaches. Freshman of the Year honors went to NM State's Cami Orito and Coach of the Year honors went to NM State's Jackie Booth.
First Team All-WAC
Charlotte Jaengkit, Grand Canyon
Leilanie Kim, Idaho
Kaitlyn Oster, Idaho
Viviana Macias, New Mexico State
Kacey Dalpes, New Mexico State
Second Team All-WAC
Emily Kaye, Grand Canyon
Cassie McKinley, Idaho
Susan Kirschenman, Kansas City
Cami Orito, New Mexico State
Melissa Bernal, Texas-Pan American
Player of the Year: Leilanie Kim, Idaho
Freshman of the Year: Cami Orito, New Mexico State
Coach of the Year: Jackie Booth, New Mexico State
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.