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Newren aims to keep trophy in the family

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Now that her two older sisters have each won the most prestigious women's tournament in the state, Rachel Newren wouldn't mind taking a turn this year.

The 20-year-old junior-to-be at BYU will be trying to follow in the footsteps of her older sisters Natalie and Nicole, who are both State Am champions.

The annual tournament begins this morning at 7:30 at Hidden Valley Country Club with the golfers in the championship flight teeing off first.

Natalie won the title in 2001, beating Annie Thurman and others, while Nicole won last year at Valley View.

"I'm coming off a good year, and I'm pumped for it," said Rachel, the youngest of the Newren sisters. "We'd like to keep the trophy at home."

Neither of the older Newren sisters will be among the competition for Rachel. Nicole, who is married to Matt Chandler, is expecting the couple's first child early this month. Natalie is forgoing the tournament because she is preparing to get married next month and is about to turn professional.

Besides Newren, other top contenders include Lynsey Meyers, who finished second to Newren-Chandler a year ago, Weber State golfer Amy Mombert, who defeated Newren in the Utah State Long Drive Championships last week and teen golfers Natalie Stone and Heidi Kim.

Several former champions are in the field, including Sue Nyhus, Newren's coach at BYU, Tenille Howe-Slack, Lachell Poffenberger and Patty Brimley.

Other top contenders include Julie McMullin, Tori Fishburn, Annette Gaotti, Karen Killpack, Laurie Norseth, Tricia Olson and Jessica Thomas.

In all, 128 golfers are entered in this year's Women's Am.


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