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Kimberly Nyhus hits the ball. She sits in a tie for 40th after Monday's opening round at the NM State Aggie Invitational in Las Cruces.

Sophomore Kimberly Nyhus is leading the way for the Utah Valley University women's golf team after 18 holes of play at the NM State Aggie Invitational in Las Cruces on Monday. The sophomore enters Tuesday's second round tied for 40th at 3-over par.

Nyhus shot a 3-over 75 after recording three birdies and 10 pars on Monday. Seniors Heather Mathison and Hannah Herman, as well as sophomore Monica Yeates, are next for the Wolverines as they are all tied for 60th at 6-over par (78). Mathison too put up a trio of birdies, while Herman and Yeates each knocked in one.

Junior Cassandra Lesa rounds out UVU's field of five with an 81 (+9).

As a team, the Wolverines find themselves in 14th place after Monday's opening round with an 18-hole total of 309 (+21). Former WAC foe Idaho leads the tournament at 4-under par (284), while Washington State is in second at 2-over (290). Host New Mexico State, BYU and Grand Canyon are all tied for third at 3-over (291).

Individually, GCU's Charlotte Jaengkit is leading the way after carding a 6-under 66 on Monday. Idaho's Kaitlyn Oster is one shot back for second place (67), while BYU's Lea Garner is in third with a 3-under 69.

The NM State Aggie Invitational is being contested at New Mexico State's NMSU Golf Course in Las Cruces.

The tournament continues with another single round on Tuesday and concludes with the final 18 on Wednesday. Both rounds begin at 8:30 a.m., and live results can be followed on Golfstat's website.

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