Golf has been part of her life ever since she could pick up an iron and now Lehua Wise will go down in history as a member of the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time women’s golf team.
The New Mexico State junior played two seasons in the Sun Belt and was named to the All-Sun Belt women’s golf team both years.
As a freshman in 2003-04, Wise won the individual title at the Sun Belt Conference Championships while helping the Aggies to back-to-back second-place finishes at the tournament.
“This is a great accomplishment for me individually,” Wise said.
“I am proud to be a part of NMSU athletics and it’s great to be able to bring recognition like this to the program. I am just honored to have been named to the team and I feel so privileged,” she continued.
In two seasons in the Sun Belt, Wise posted seven top-20 finishes and two top-10s. As a sophomore last season, she played in all 10 tournaments and recorded a scoring average of 77.10.
As a freshman, Wise led the squad in scoring average at 76.80 and was the top Aggie finisher at four tournaments.
“Lehua epitomizes what a top collegiate golfer is and we have been very fortunate to have her competing here for us,” New Mexico State women’s coach Joann Cox said.
This season, Wise leads the Aggies with a 76.30 average, with three top-10s in nine tournaments. Her low round this year is a two-under-par 70 at the Kent Youel Invitational on O’ahu.
Wise was a two-time runner up at the Hawai’i High School State Championships. She was a three-time KIF Medalist and placed third in the 2003 Hawai’i State Women’s Amateur Championships.
She recorded a top-20 finish at the 2003 Junior World Championships. The Lihu’e native was named the 2002 Hawai’i State Female Player of the Year.
As a senior at Kaua’i High School, Wise recorded a scoring average of 71.2, the lowest in the state. Also, she was the KIF female champion from 2001-03.
She is the daughter of Debra Leyva and Bernard Wise.
She is currently majoring in professional golf management.
Wise will look to lead the Aggies into their first WAC Championships in San Jose, Calif., on April 24-25.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or email@example.com.