Kimberly and Sue Nyhus had their historic 2014 Utah Women's State Amateur Championship runs come to a close Friday as head coach Sue Nyhus was eliminated in the round of 16, while her daughter and rising sophomore at Utah Valley University Kimberly Nyhus concluded her tournament run in the quarterfinals. The duo marked the first-ever mother-daughter combo to advance to match play at the Utah State Amateur.
Kimberly Nyhus, who entered match play as the No. 7 seed, continued her strong State Am performance by winning her opening match-play round over 10th-seeded Madi Rooker by a score of 2 and 1 to advance to the quarterfinals. Kimberly and Rooker found themselves all square through eight holes of play in the round of 16, but the Wolverine sophomore took a one-hole advantage after winning the ninth hole. Kimberly then held the advantage from there and secured the victory over the incoming Weber State freshman by taking the 17th hole. In all, Kimberly won seven of the 18 holes against Rooker.
Kimberly then took on the second-seeded Lea Garner in the quarterfinals Friday afternoon. The rising junior Garner for BYU, who won the stroke play portion of the tournament with a 36-hole total of 134 (10-under-par) a day earlier, had her hands full in the match as Kimberly held a one-up lead through the first four holes of play. Garner then got things going on the ninth hole by winning 9, 11, 12 and 14 to go up three as the two entered 15. Kimberly didn't go away easily, however, as she took 16 and tied 17, but Garner earned the victory that hole.
The former two-time Utah State Amateur Champion Sue Nyhus had her 2014 tournament run end with a 2-and-1 loss to No. 5 Sadie Palmer on Friday morning. Coach Nyhus and Palmer had quite the battle as the two sat all squared up through 13 holes of play. The former Southern Utah standout Palmer then took the 14th and 16th holes to put the round away over the 12-seeded Nyhus on 17.
The 108th Utah Women's State Amateur Championships is being contested at the Ogden Golf and Country Club in Ogden, Utah. The tournament will crown a champion Saturday as just four golfers remain.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.