April 26, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming seniorJordan Lintz captured the Inaugural Mountain West Conference Women's GolfChampionship on Wednesday in St. George, Utah. Lintz entered the finalround trailing leader Carrie Summerhays of Brigham Young by three shots.Lintz fired a final round of 71, while Summerhays shot a 77, giving Lintz athree-stroke victory -- 221 to 224.
Wyoming finished fourth in the field of five teams. The Cowgirlsshot a final round 320 for a 54-hole total of 960. New Mexico won the teamtitle with a three-round total of 916. BYU placed second at 928, andColorado State finished third at 937. San Diego State had two individualsdisqualified in the final round for unspecified reasons, dropping the Aztecsto fifth place.
Lintz's victory was the sixth time in 11 tournaments this seasonthat she placed in the Top 10. The win was her first tournament victory ofthe season, and she becomes the first Mountain West Conference Women's GolfChampion. She was also named to the six woman All-Mountain West Conferenceteam.
Cowgirl junior Jessi Santesson of Worland, Wyo., shot a final round80 to finish in a tie for 15th place with a 54-hole score of 239. FreshmanKim Nissen tied for 18th at 244. Junior Jana Johnson placed 22nd at 256,and sophomore Kelli Hanson finished 23rd with a final score of 279.
"I don't know of anyone who is more deserving of winning achampionship than Jordan (Lintz)," said UW women's golf coach Jill Johnson."I think she exceeded even her own expectations. She has worked extremelyhard, and I know all her teammates are very excited for her.
"She knew she had to shoot an excellent round on the final day,trailing by three strokes, and she responded to the pressure. Her 71 in thefinal round was one of only three subpar rounds the entire tournament, butwhat really won it for her was her consistency. She was the most consistentplayer in the tournament, and she saved her best round for last.
"As a team, we had three different players shoot rounds in the 70s.I was proud of the effort all five of our girls gave this week. We weren'table to make a big move on the final day, but moving up one spot into fourthwas a positive for our girls. The top three teams all shot blisteringrounds on Wednesday. Prior to Wednesday the low round of the tournament was310, and in that final round New Mexico (297), BYU (304) and CSU (308) eachshot under 310."
"It's an unbelievable feeling," said Lintz. "We finished in thefirst group and left the course for awhile to go eat lunch, not knowing ifmy score would hold up. When we got back, I knew from looking at the otherpartial scores that I still had a good chance of winning. When it finallywas official, it was a little bit of a shock. I came into the tournamentbelieving I had a good chance to win it, but at the same time my goal was tofinish in the top three.
"Winning this tournament means a lot being a senior. Coming downthat last fairway was emotional, because I knew it was the last time I wouldplay with my teammates. It was also satisfying knowing that I had played mybest in that final round. This will be a memory that will always be veryspecial to me."
Wyoming's Lintz still remains a strong contender for an individualberth in the 2000 NCAA West Regional. The West Regional will be played May11-13 on the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State Universitywill serve as host.
The 2000 Mountain West Conference Championship was played at theSunbrook Golf Club in St. George, Utah. The course played to a par of 72and measured 6,011 yards.
Below are the final team scores and Wyoming's individual scores forthe 2000 Mountain West Conference Championship. Also listed below is the2000 All-Conference Team.
Final Team Scores
1. New Mexico 311-308-297=916 (+52)2. Brigham Young 310-314-304=928 (+64)3. Colorado State 310-319-308=937 (+73)4. Wyoming 319-321-320=960 (+96)5. San Diego State 315-320-DNF=DNF
Wyoming Individuals Place Scores
Jordan Lintz (Senior, Rapid City, S.D.) 1st 75-75-71=221 (+5)Jessi Santesson (Junior, Worland, Wyo.) T15th 77-82-80=239 (+23)Kim Nissen (Freshman, Lakewood, Colo.) T18th 83-79-82=244 (+28)Jana Johnson (Junior, Buffalo, Wyo.) 22nd 84-85-87=256 (+40)Kelli Hanson (Sophomore, Gillette, Wyo.) 23rd 100-89-90=279 (+63)
2000 All-Mountain West Conference Team
Jordan Lintz, WyomingCarrie Summerhays, BYURyley Webb, New MexicoClaudia Ferrini, New MexicoHeather Rollo, San Diego StateBree Sharratt, Colorado State