Senior Golfer Jessi Santesson Places 27th at BYU Dixie Classic

April 10, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Jessi Santesson, a University ofWyoming senior from Worland, Wyo., concluded the 2001 Brigham Young DixieClassic in 27th place on Tuesday with a 54-hole total of 237, 21-over par.Santesson fired rounds of 80-78-79 to tie for 27th out of 104 competitors.The tournament was played at the Sunbrook Golf Course in St. George, Utah.

As a team, the Wyoming Cowgirls placed 17th in the field of 19teams. UW shot a three-round total of 1008. San Francisco captured theteam title with a 918 team total. The individual competition ended in a tiebetween Hanna-Riikka Kuitunen of Northern Arizona and Carrie Summerhays ofBYU at 10-over par 226.

"Jessi (Santesson) had a great tournament," said Wyoming women'sgolf coach Jill Johnson. I'm thrilled to see her play so well afterhaving a difficult tournament in Hawaii a couple of weeks ago. Jessi hasbeen hampered with back problems throughout this season. I know she is veryexcited with performance this week, and this should give her a lot ofconfidence heading into the conference championship later this month.

"We had a tough day today (Tuesday) as a team. The girls areworking hard, but we are still suffering from the weather back home and notbeing able to get outside as much as we would have liked. We're strugglingwith our short-game skills and our course-management skills. Those areaspects of the game that are difficult to simulate unless you are able toget outside on the course.

"Obviously, we have a lot of work to do in the next 10 days beforethe conference championship, but I have confidence in the girls and theyhave confidence in themselves that they can make a good showing at theMountain West Championship. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate when weget home and let us get the kind of practice out on the course that weneed."

The BYU Dixie Classic was played at the Sunbrook Golf Course in St.George, Utah. Each round was played on a different course at Sunbrook. Thethree courses were: The Point, Woodbridge and Blackrock. Each of the threecourses played to a par of 72. The format for the tournament was 27 holeson Monday, April 9 followed by another 27 holes on Tuesday, April 10.

The Wyoming women's team will conclude their 2001 spring schedule onApril 23-25 at the Mountain West Conference Championship in Sunriver, Ore.

Below are Wyoming's individual results and the final team scoresfrom the BYU Dixie Classic.

Wyoming individual results

Jessi Santesson (Worland, Wyo.) Sr. 80-78-79=237 (+21) Tie 27thJana Johnson (Buffalo, Wyo.) Sr. 82-85-84=251 (+35) Tie 69thAlison McGuire (Cheyenne, Wyo.) So. 82-87-86=255 (+39) Tie 79thKim Nissen (Lakewood, Colo.) So. 88-86-91=265 (+49) Tie 93rdMimi Urish (Lander, Wyo.) RSo. 98-96-96=290 (+74) 101st

Team Standings

1. San Francisco 9182. Idaho 933 Brigham Young 9334. Northern Arizona 9345. Denver 9366. Colorado 9427. Long Beach State 9438. San Diego State 9459. Nevada 94710. Colorado State 95011. Weber State 96012. Montana 97913. Hawaii 98414. Boise State 99215. Montana State 99716. Idaho State 100117. Wyoming 100818. Mesa State 1050DNF Texas-Pan American DNF