UVU golf: Heu, Lesa and Herman sit in the top six at PGA Minority Championship

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, May 10 2014 11:15 p.m. MDT

UVU sophomore Kalea Heu (left center) sets to swing. She will enter Sunday's final round just three strokes back of the leader.

Shane Truskolaski, UVU Athletics

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Utah Valley University's Kalea Heu, Cassandra Lesa and Hannah Herman sit in third, fourth and sixth, respectively, after two rounds of play at the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship. The three Wolverines will enter Sunday's final round within striking distance of winning the 2014 Women's Individual Invitational portion of the tournament.

Heu, who is leading the way for the Wolverines, will enter Sunday's final round just three strokes back of the leader — South Carolina State's Cheryl Chua. Heu holds down the third-place position after carding scores of 74 and 81 on Friday and Saturday, respectively, for a total of 155 (+11). Chua leads the field after two rounds of play with a 152 (+8).

Lesa is right behind Heu as she sits just one stroke back with a 156 (+12) and four back of the top spot on the leaderboard. The UVU sophomore and native of Hawai'i fired a 76 during the opening round and an 80 in round two.

Herman rounds out UVU's three players at the tournament and is currently tied for sixth place with a 161 (+17). The Utah Valley junior has recorded an 81 and an 80 during her first two rounds of play at the tournament and sits nine shots back of the leader.

"This is a great tournament and great experience for our players," head coach Sue Nyhus said. "Kalea and Cassandra both played in the lead group today which is exactly what they need. Their confidence is growing and they are beginning to see their greater potential. I am proud of these players, their efforts and for who they are. It is a pleasure and an honor to be their coach and they all represent UVU very well.”

The 2014 edition of the Championship features nearly 200 players representing more than 40 colleges and universities. The 54-hole tournament will conclude Sunday from the PGA Golf Club.

The PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, which originated in November 1986 following the Jackson State University Golf Tournament, has elevated golf in minority colleges and universities by providing opportunities to more players to compete in a national championship.

In 2006, the PGA of America was granted complete ownership and management of the championship by the National Minority Collegiate Golf Scholarship Fund.

Women's individual results

1 Cheryl Chua, South Carolina State University 72-80 — 152

2 Tiana Jones, South Carolina State University 79-75 — 154

3 Kalea Heu, Utah Valley University 74-81 — 155

4 Cassandra Lesa, Utah Valley University 76-80 — 156

5 Tali Letoi, Chicago State University 79-79 — 158

T6 Cherie Chua, South Carolina State University 87-74 — 161

T6 Hannah Herman, Utah Valley University 81-80 — 161

8 Mia Campbell, Alabama State University 81-81 — 162

T9 Mackenzie Johnson, Michigan State University 80-84 — 164

T9 Darleen Raymond, Alabama State University 82-82 — 164

11 Jocelyn Williams, Savannah State University 89-78 — 167

12 Michelle Gifford, Savannah State University 85-85 — 170

13 Sierra Everson, University of Akron 86-87 — 173

14 Mele Latu, Johnson & Wales University 90-85 — 175

T15 Vanessa Adarme, Bethune-Cookman University 85-91 — 176

T15 Kelly Willis, Benedict College 92-84 — 176

17 Brunelle Coakley, Johnson & Wales University 106-105 — 211

18 Alexandra Uduk, University of Maryland Eastern Shore 86 — NC

Kassandra Rivera, Texas Southern University 76 — DQ

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