It will be a mother-daughter event for Utah Valley University's Sue and Kimberly Nyhus this weekend as both qualified for match play at the 108th Utah Women's State Amateur on Thursday. It will mark the first time in Utah State Am history that a mother-daughter combo will be playing in the match play portion of the tournament.
Rising sophomore Kimberly Nyhus led the way by tying for fifth place at 5-over-par after 36 holes of play, while her mother and head coach Sue Nyhus took 11th at 10-over. The duo will begin match play Friday morning at the Ogden Golf and Country Club in Ogden, Utah.
Kimberly, who entered the second round tied for fourth after 18 holes of play Wednesday, fired a 2-over-par 74 on Thursday. A day removed from carding a 75 (+3) to open the tournament, Kimberly birdied her opening hole as well as had 15 pars en route to her second-round 74 and two-day total of 149.
Sue also made the cut with a two-day total of 154. The Wolverine head coach, who shot a 6-over 78 on Wednesday, followed that up with a 4-over 76 on Thursday. Sue picked up back-to-back birdies on holes five and six, as well as another one on hole 14 during second round action.
"Getting this far at a tournament of this caliber is a great accomplishment for both of us," said former two-time Utah State Amateur Champion Sue Nyhus (1985, 1999). "Kim was just solid all day long. It was fun to have her and my husband Steve, who was her caddie, playing in the group behind mine so I could keep on eye on them. She's done a great job thus far in the tournament and has definitely been fun to watch.”
Match play will begin with the Round of 16 on Friday morning. It will then follow with the quarterfinals Friday afternoon. The tournament will then crown a champion on Saturday, as the semifinals will be held that morning, followed by the finals that afternoon.
Kimberly will enter Friday's match play as the No. 7 seed and face the 10th-seeded Madi Rooker, while the 12th-seeded UVU coach takes on No. 5 Sadie Palmer. Rooker, who will enter her freshman year at Weber State later this month, is a former 5A Individual Utah State Champion, while Palmer is a former standout performer for Southern Utah.
Fellow Wolverines Heather Mathison, Hannah Herman and Monica Yeates were also in action during stroke play at the tournament but failed to make the top 16 as they carded 163, 163 and 170, respectively.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.