BYU shoots a solid second round at MWC Golf Championships

Palm Desert, Calif.--BYU's men's golf team picked up six strokes on leader UNLV, but remained in third place heading into Wednesday's final round of the Mountain West Conference Championships at the PGA West Nicklaus Tournament Course in Palm Desert, California.

Scott Miller paced the Cougars after shooting a second-round 68. Andy Miller and last year's WAC champion Manuel Merizalde rebounded from tough first rounds to post a pair of 70's. Junior Billy Harvey continued his consistent play to remain at even par.

"The boys stepped up today," BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. "You've got to give a lot of credit to Scott (Miller). His 68 was a big score for us. Everybody really looked a lot more consistent and mentally tougher in today's round."

BYU still has ten strokes to make up on Wednesday in order to repeat as conference champions. The Cougars also must pick up six shots to pass red-hot Colorado State.

"No telling what can happen tomorrow," Brockbank said. "We need someone to step up and shoot a 65 and we'll see if we can't get it done."

1. UNLV		280-286--566 (-10)

2. Colorado State 287-283--570 (-6)

3. BYU 296-280--576 (E)

4. New Mexico 296-288--584 (+8)

5. San Diego St. 308-286--594 (+18)

6. Wyoming 302-298--600 (+24)

7. Utah 308-297--605 (+29)

8. Air Force 309-311--620 (+44)

BYU INDIVIDUAL SCORES

t7. Andy Miller 73-70--143

t7. Scott Miller 75-68--143

10. Billy Harvey 72-72--144

14. Manuel Merizalde 76-70--146

t30. Todd Miller 82-73--155