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UVU golf: Dougal, team finish second at GWC Championships

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Utah Valley University senior golfer Jordyn Dougal recorded a final-round 79 Friday at the Great West Conference Championships to finish in second place - the highest finish of her college career.

For her efforts, she was also named the Great West Conference Golfer of the Year.

"She really came into her own and did some really great things," UVU women's golf coach Sue Nyhus said of Dougal's honor. "This is a sign of the times that we're making our mark and we're beginning to show what we can do. It's a sign that good things are coming for UVU women's golf."

Dougal, who hails from San Antonio, trailed tournament leader Houston Baptist's Kelsey Lou-Hing by five shots heading into the final day and nearly made up the ground. His 79 was tied for the third-best round of the day.

"It was awesome that she finished her college career on such a high note," Nyhus said.

The tournament was contested at the par-72, 6,239- yard The Dominion Country Country Club.

For Dougal, it was her fourth top 10 finish of the season. At the Cowgirl Invitational in early April she finished 10th. Last year, Dougal tied for seventh at the conference championships.

Lou-Hing won the tournament by two shots over Dougal (81-78-79) and five shots over Chicago State's Jessica Peatross despite shooting a final-day 82.

For the second straight year, the Wolverines (997) finished second behind Houston (977), while Chicago State was third (1001) and University of Texas-Pan American (1018).

"I thought the girls did well under some very difficult conditions," Nyhus said.

In all, the Wolverines had three players finish in the top 10. Behind Dougal, Brooke Bliss (87-84-77), who shot the second-best round of the day, placed in a tie for sixth and Lynn-Marie Nagel, who was the top medalist last year, finished ninth (85-85-79).

Heather Mathison nearly cracked the top 10 in finishing 13th (85-85-87) and Kalea Heu was 19th (91-86-93).

Along with being named GWC Golfer of the Year, Dougal was named first-team all conference along with Nagel, while Bliss was named second team all conference.

Heu was named the GWC Freshman of the Year.

Jay Hinton is a sports information assistant at Utah Valley University.