Cougars cruise to win the Cougar Classic

BYU's Andy Miller in his final home tournament as a Cougar shot a third round 63 to slip past BYU sophomore Manuel Merizalde by one stroke to win the Ben Hogan Cougar Classic at Riverside Country Club on Saturday.

BYU finished first, second and third individually as well as capturing the team title by 24 strokes after shooting 273-273-275--821 (-43). This was the sixth-ranked Cougars' seventh tournament victory this season.

After the first two rounds the three-time All-American Miller was six strokes behind the leader Merizalde. But on the final eighteen holes Miller was on fire shooting six consecutive birdies on the back nine. Merizalde had a chance to send the tournament to a tiebreaker but his ten-foot putt just missed the cup. Miller's nine-under-par final round was one off the Riverside Country Club course record 62 and was BYU's first individual championship this season. Junior Scott Miller of BYU finished third after shooting 70-67-70--207 (-9).

Finishing behind the Cougars was No. 12 New Mexico and No. 10 Fresno State. BYU prepares next for the Mountain West Championships in Palm Springs, California on May 1-3

2000 Ben Hogan Cougar Classic Team Standings

1. BYU 273-273--275--821

2. New Mexico 282-287--276--845

3. Fresno State 277-291--291--859

4. San Diego St.289-292--284--865

5. Tulsa 296-287--285--868

6. Wyoming 286-297--289--872

6. Colorado St. 290-292--290--872

8. Hawaii 289-293--291--873

9. Air Force 289-294--296--879

9. Utah 295-293--292--880

11. Nevada 296-297--289--882

12. Weber State 295-301--297--893

13. So. Utah 293-296--311-900

13. Boise State 297-299--304--900

15. Utah State 314-303--305--922

Individual Standings

1. Andy Miller BYU 69-69-63--201 (-15)

2. Manuel Merizalde BYU 66-66-70--202 (-14)

3. Scott Miller BYU 70-67-70--207 (-9)

4. Scott Hailes New Mexico 70-71- 67--208 (-8)

5. Michael Letzig New Mexico 71-68-71--210 (-6)

6. Martin Maritz Tulsa 72-71-69--212 (-4)

7. Nigel Spence Colo. St. 74-70-69--213 (-3)

(t) Scott Piercy SDSU 69-72-72--213 (-3)

9, Wil Collins New Mexico 70-75-69--214 (-2)

(t) Nick Watney Fresno St. 68-72-74--214 (-2)

11. Ryan Ellis Utah 73-71-71--215 (-1)

(t) Jose Garrido BYU 68-73-74--215 (-1)

13. Lars Johansson SDSU 75-72-69--216 (E)

(t) Danny Visosky Air Force 71-71-74--216 (E)

(t) Mike Haack Nevada 71-70-75--216 (E)

(t) Kevin Price New Mexico 71-75-70--216 (e)

(t) Norman-Ganin Asao Hawaii 71-74-71--216 (E)

18. Luke Sestero Boise St. 71-72-74--217 (1)

(t) Todd Eaker Tulsa 72-70-75--217 (1)

(t) Jeff Scohy SDSU 74-73-70--217 (1)

22. Danny Paniccia Fresno St. 72-75-71--218 (2)

(t) Todd Miller BYU 75-71-72--218 (2)

(t)Jacob Hunter Wyoming 72-76-70--218 (2)

25. Ryan King Fresno St. 74-73-72--219 (3)

(t) Scott Young Weber St. 73-77-69--219 (3)

(t) Mike Urbatchka Wyoming 77-69-73--219 (3)

(t) Todd Rose Fresno St. 69-76-74--219 (3)