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UVU golf: three Wolverines post top-five finishes at PGA Minority Championship

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, May 11 2014 9:55 p.m. MDT

Utah Valley University sophomore Kalea Heu earned a third-place finish at the 2014 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship after firing a 2-over-par 74 during Sunday's final round. Heu finished the 54-hole tournament at 13-over-par (229).

Behind Heu's third-place finish, junior Hannah Herman and sophomore Cassandra Lesa tied for fifth as all three Wolverines that competed in the tournament finished in the top five. Herman earned her fifth-place outing by carding a 76 on Sunday, while Lesa dropped one spot Sunday after shooting an 81 during the final round.

Heu, who placed 11th at the same tournament a year ago, posted another 74 during Friday's opening round as well as an 81 on Saturday to earn her third-place finish.

"I'm very happy for Kalea and her strong finish and improved play this week. She stayed with the leaders all day and almost pulled off the win," head coach Sue Nyhus said. "Our team represented very well and all three players came away with increased confidence."

Playing in her first Minority Championship, Herman recorded her best round of the weekend Sunday. Other than her final round 76, Herman also tallied scores of 80 and 81 to finish the Championship with a 237 (+21).

Lesa, who was UVU's top finisher at the tournament last year, finished in fifth place for the second straight time at the Minority Championship. The Wolverine sophomore put up a 76 during round one and an 80 on Saturday to finish in a tie for fifth with Herman with a 237 (+21).

The trio of Wolverines took part in the Women's Individual Invitational portion of the tournament.

South Carolina State's Tiana Jones won the Women's Individual Invitational as she edged out her teammate Cheryl Chua by a stroke. Jones won the tournament with a 224 (+8), while Chua placed second with a 225 (+9). Heu placed third as she finished just five shots back.

The 2014 edition of the Championship featured nearly 200 players representing more than 40 colleges and universities, and it was contested at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie.

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 Tiana Jones, South Carolina State University 79-75-70—224

2 Cheryl Chua, South Carolina State University 72-80-73—225

3 Kalea Heu, Utah Valley University 74-81-74—229

4 Cherie Chua, South Carolina State University 87-74-75—236

T5 Cassandra Lesa, Utah Valley University 76-80-81—237

T5 Hannah Herman, Utah Valley University 81-80-76—237

7 Tali Letoi, Chicago State University 79-79-80—238

8 Mackenzie Johnson, Michigan State University 80-84-77—241

9 Mia Campbell, Alabama State University 81-81-81—243

10 Darleen Raymond, Alabama State University 82-82-82—246

11 Jocelyn Williams, Savannah State University 89-78-85—252

12 Michelle Gifford, Savannah State University 85-85-83—253

13 Vanessa Adarme, Bethune-Cookman University 85-91-79—255

14 Sierra Everson, University of Akron 86-87-84—257

15 Mele Latu, Johnson and Wales University 90-85-86—261

16 Kelly Willis, Benedict College 92-84-97—273

17 Brunelle Coakley, Johnson and Wales University 106-105-104—315

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.

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