By DAVE BROBERG
BYU Media Relations
BYU sophomore Rachel Newren was named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-American team at the conclusion of the NCAA Championship finals last weekend.
Newren, a 2005 All-MWC selection and 2005 BYU stroke average leader, earned the distinction as one of the nation?s top 33 women?s golfers when she was named to the NGCA Honorable Mention All-American Team on Saturday. Newren led the Cougars to their first appearance in the NCAA Championship in 20 years with her third-place finish at the NCAA West Regional in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Newren placed 68th at the 2005 NCAA Championship on May 17-20. The product of Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City is ranked No. 32 in the nation and was the low Cougar in the final nine-consecutive tournaments of the 2004-05 season.
Newren ended the season in strong fashion. She finished among the top 10 individuals in seven out of her last nine tournaments including her first career victory in the 2005 BYU Dixie Classic at Entrada Golf Course in St. George. She also finished second this year?s Mountain West Conference Championship and was named the April golfer of the month for the conference.
Newren became the fifth All-American in the 33-year history of the BYU women?s golf program and the first All-American since Carrie Summerhays-Roberts. Along with Roberts, Newren joins Pam Miller Gietzen, Kelli Antolock and Lynda Bridge Jensen on BYU?s All-American list.