April 29, 2003
Jill and Nicole Wyne’s sister act is playing to rave reviews deep in the heart of Texas. The Calgary siblings reunited last fall on the golf team at St. Mary’s University at San Antonio after Nicole, 20, transferred from Southwest Texas State to join Jill, the U.S.’s top-ranked women’s Div. 2 golfer.
|HAPPY REUNION … Jill, left, and Nicole Wyne have joined forces at St.
Mary’s University in San Antonio. Jill was the top ranked NCAA Div. 2
golfer last season and convinced Nicole to transfer from Southwest Texas
“My game’s gotten a lot more consistent and I’m playing a lot better than I did the last couple of years,” said Jill, 22, who won a Div. 2 event in Texas last weekend.
“(Nicole) helps push me … we’ll have little competitions, hitting different shots kind of like a practice partner.”
Jill Wyne finished 10th at nationals last year and made second team All-American while she also achieved All-American scholar honours as a marketing student.
The addition of sister Nicole to the Rattlers golf team has helped spur Jill on to five firsts and a second while she’s ranked 63rd overall in the U.S.
The two grew up playing competitive golf at the Glencoe Club and being reunited has rekindled the fire to excel.
“We’re not really competitive, not against each other,” said Jill, who has had five first-place finishes this season and is graduating next month with a marketing degree.
Then, who knows, she might take a shot at turning pro.
“My game needs a little more work to try and turn professional but I’d like to try and do it on the Future’s Tour,” Jill said.
“I don’t think I’d want to try to make a career out of it but I’d love to play and try it.
“It would be a good experience and anybody I’ve talked to who’s played on any tour said it’s an unbelievable experience, you learn so much about yourself and your game if I get that opportunity I’d like to try.”
Nicole Wyne transferred last fall to share in her sister’s final year of college golf and also benefit from golf coach Tom Relf of Diamondback Golf Academy in San Antonio.
“The first semester took a lot of adjusting but I’m enjoying it now,” said Nicole.
“It’s been fun this year because she’s playing so well this year.”
Nicole, who sports a 4.0 grade point average, has two more years before achieving her international business degree.
The decision to transfer to St. Mary’s was made easier by her sister.
“I had to come to a decision whether I wanted to play Div. 1 and always be middle of the pack or if I wanted to be near the top of Div. 2,” said Nicole, who qualified as an alternate last summer on the Alberta amateur team.
“After Jill went to nationals last year and said how great it was it helped me make my decision.”
At Southwest Texas last year, Nicole made second team all-conference and was freshman of the year for the Southland Conference while also earning All-American scholar honours.
Even though they’ll be breaking up the sister act when the semester ends late next month, Nicole has plans to keep the team alive one day.
“I’m hoping after Jill graduates she’ll turn pro and I’ll caddy for her,” Nicole smiled.