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4/28/2004

Ex-Lone Peak star tops Big 12; Golf Notes

April 28, 2004

The Salt Lake Tribune

BYLINE: Kurt Kragthorpe , The Salt Lake Tribune

In last summer's State Women's Amateur, Lone Peak High graduate Annie Thurman increased her lead from six strokes to 12 in the final round.

She missed her chance to complete a similarly dominating performance last weekend, but was awarded a seven-shot victory in the rain-shortened Big 12 Conference women's tournament at College Station, Texas.

An Oklahoma State junior, Thurman shot 69-68 to lead her team to a third-place finish. Thurman and the Cowgirls will prepare for an NCAA regional meet next week. Brigham Young was invited to another regional event, after placing third in the Mountain West Conference tournament.

The BYU and Utah men's teams tee off Thursday in the conference meet at Sunriver, Ore. New Mexico is the defending champion.

Pro report

J.R. Shears shot an 8-under-par 64 at Mountain View Golf Course in West Jordan to win the Utah Capital Mortgage Mountain View Open.

Shears, who earned $ 1,400, edged amateur Pete Stone by one stroke. Kim Thompson was third at 66, followed by pros Mike Borich, Dave DeSantis, Kury Reynolds, Jeff Thomsen and Jimmy Blair and amateurs Chris Gresh and Chace Bickmore at 68.

On the PGA Tour, Provo's Dan Forsman and former BYU golfer Dean Wilson are entered in this week's HP Classic of New Orleans. Forsman is 0-for-7 in making cuts this season and Wilson ranks 156th on the money list with $ 88,463 after an outstanding rookie year.

Draper's Mike Weir will launch a three-week stretch of work in next week's Wachovia Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Weir's wife, Bricia, completed the Salt Lake City Marathon in 4 hours, 11 minutes.

Junior golf

Alta High's Dustin Pimm shot 73-77 and lost a playoff in the Southern Colorado Junior Golf Shootout at Walking Stick, a Future Collegians World Tour event. East's Robbie Fillmore (76-77) finished fourth. Each will play in the tour's national finals.

Park City's Steele DeWald shot 72-71 to win a Desert Junior Golf Tour event at Goodyear, Ariz.

Briefly

Salt Lake County's six courses are launching a marketing drive this spring, featuring discount rates and promotions that include two-for-one greens fees on 18-hole rounds in May. Log onto www.slcountygolf.com for printable coupons. . . . Utah State finished last in the Big West Conference men's tournament, 44 strokes behind the eighth-place team. Brett Black (77-75-74) led the Aggies, tying for 26th. . . . After leading Westminster College with an 84.6 stroke average, freshman Echo Thatcher of South Jordan made the All-Frontier Conference second team, along with the Griffins' Rachel Miranda and Lindsay Beckstead. Westminster finished second among four teams in the seasonlong competition.