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BYU Struggles in the First Round of the NCAA Golf Championships

OPELIKA -- Just one week after finishing runner-up at the NCAA West Regional, the No. 6-ranked BYU golf team struggled in the opening round of the NCAA Golf Championships finishing the day with an 11-over-par 298.

Playing in the afternoon round, the Cougars struggled to get anything going making the turn with a team score of six-over-par. Things did not get much better for BYU on the back nine as the Cougars posted an 18-hole total of 298 on the 7,003-yard par 72 Grand National Lake Course of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The Cougars are tied for 25th heading into Thursday's second round. The 30-team field, which features 19 of the Nation's top 25 teams, will be cut to 15 schools for the final two rounds on Friday and Saturday. The Cougars find themselves nine shots off the pace to make the 36-hole cut.

"We're all surprised we didn't play better," said BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank. "We just flat out didn't play well. We'll have to play real well tomorrow if we plan to make the cut for the weekend. But if there is a team that can get back into contention it's this one."

BYU was lead by senior Jose Garrido who finished the day with a 73. Garrido carded a 2-under-par 34 on the front, but bogeys on the last

three holes dropped him back to 1-over-par.

Rounding out the scoring was sophomore Manuel Merizalde at 37-38-75, junior Billy Harvey at 40-35-75 and senior Andy Miller at 37-39-76. Scott Miller, a junior, finished at 38-39-77 and did not count in the scoring.

Texas leads the 30-team field with an opening round 272, an amazing 16-under-par. Rounding out the top five are Georgia Tech at 280, Oklahoma State at 281, Houston at 284, with UNLV, Arizona, East Tennessee State and UNLV all tied for fifth at 286.

In the individual scoring, David Cossett of Texas tied the Grand National Lake Course record with an opening round 32-31--63. Gossett's 63, ties Phil Mickelson (Arizona State in 1992) and Jim Begwin (Oklahoma in 1984) for the lowest par-72 round in NCAA Championship history. Gossett, the 1999 U.S. Amateur Champion, is followed by J.J. Wall of Texas at 31-34-65, Chris Wisler of East Tennessee State at 32-35-67, Matt Kuchar of Georgia Tech at 34-33-67 and Charles Howell of Oklahoma

State at 33-34-67.

BYU Scores

Jose Garrido 34-39--73

Manuel Merizalde 37-35--75

Billy Harvey 40-35--75

Andy Miller 37-39--76

Scott Miller 38-39--77

Team Scores

1. Texas, 272

2. Georgia Tech, 280

3. Oklahoma State, 281

4. Houston, 284

5. UNLV, 286

Arizona, 286

East Tennessee State, 286

UNLV, 286

9. Northwestern, 287

10.Kent State, 288

Mississippi State, 288

North Carolina, 288

13. TCU, 289

14. Auburn, 290

Minnesota, 290

16 Clemson, 291

Kansas, 291

18 Georgia, 292

Wake Forest, 292

20. Fresno State, 293

21. Oklahoma, 294

North Florida, 294

23. Pepperdine, 295

Georgia State, 295

25. BYU, 299

Arizona State, 299

Southern California, 299

Virginia, 299

29. California, 300

30. Washington, 301

Top Ten Individual Scores

1.David Gossett, Texas, 32-31--63

2.J.J. Wall, Texas, 31-34--65

3.Chris Wisler, East Tennessee State, 32-35--67

Matt Kuchar, Georgia Tech, 34-33--67

Charles Howell, Oklahoma State, 33-34--67

6.Driscoll, Virginia, 35-33--68

Joel Hendry, New Mexico, 34-34--68

8.Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech, 33-36--69

Ben Smith, Mississippi State, 34-35--69

Brad Hyler, North Carolina, 35-24--69

Jess Daley, Northwestern, 34-35--69

Jeremy Anderson, UNLV, 33-36--69