Cougars fall to 18th place after two rounds

CORVALLIS, Ore.--After a mediocre second round performance on Friday at the NCAA West Regional, BYU faces an uphill battle to qualify for the NCAA Championships with only one round to play.

The Cougars are 11 shots out of qualifying and had to count an 83 on the crucial second day of competition. BYU finished with a 307 moving them from 15 to 18th position. With only 10 teams advancing out of the west region on to the NCAA Championships, the Cougars must move ahead of seven teams on the final day.

"We're going to have to play one of the best rounds of the year," BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. "There is no telling what it's going to take, but I think we'll have to shoot eight-under-par to advance. If were going to get it done we've got to have two guys going two or three-under-par.

Arizona State continues to outdistance the rest of the field going an 11-under-par second round and holding a 17 shot lead going into the final round. The Sun Devil's Matt Jones shot a 65 today to hold a two shot lead over teammate Jin Park.

With windy and cold conditions prevailing, team scores rose the second day. For the Cougars, scores rose much higher than they are accustomed to playing.

"As a team we are just not pulling it together on this course," said a frustrated Brockbank. "We belong in the NCAA Championships and it's going to take a great final round for us to qualify."

Jesse Hibler, a senior from Boise, Idaho, continues to be the lone bright spot for BYU. After nearly winning the conference championship two weeks ago, Hibler played a stellar one-over-par second round to lead the Cougars. Kyle Wight and Scott Miller, who shot BYU's two lowest first round scores, struggled the second day finishing 83 and 87 respectively. Billy Harvey putted his way to a three-over-par round while Manuel Merizalde fought through a tough morning to finish the day four-over-par.

The moment of truth for the Cougars will start Saturday at noon PST at Trysting Tree Golf Course. If the Cougars can make the remarkable comeback they will advance to the NCAA Championships held May 30 to June 2 at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, North Carolina. If the Cougars fail to make up the 11 strokes, tomorrow's round will be the final Day of competition for BYU's Scott Miller, Jesse Hibler and Billy Harvey.

SECOND ROUND SCORES

1 Arizona State U. -16 F 277

2 UC-Irvine +1 F 287

3 Arizona, U. of +2 F 289

4 UCLA +11 F 298

4 Stanford University +11 F 303

6 Wake Forest Univ. +14 F 302

7 Oregon State U. +15 F 301

7 Washington, U. of +15 F 301

7 Pacific, U. of the +15 F 293

10 South Carolina +16 F 298

10 Pepperdine Univ. +16 F 299

12 UNLV +18 F 300

12 San Diego State U. +18 F 305

14 Oregon, U. of +20 F 294

15 Colorado State Univ. +21 F 300

16 Southern California +22 F 300

17 Fresno State Univ. +23 F 301

18 Brigham Young Univ. +27 F 307

19 New Mexico, U. of +28 F 299

19 California, U. of +28 F 302

21 Austin Peay State U. +29 F 310

22 Nevada, Univ. of +33 F 307

23 Tennessee, Univ. of +37 F 316

24 Detroit Mercy, U. of +43 F 324

25 Oral Roberts Univ. +45 F 309

25 Navy +45 F 311

27 Weber State Univ. +50 F 324

BYU INDIVIDUAL SCORES

32 Jesse Hibler 75-73--148 +4

73 Billy Harvey 76-75--151 +7

97 Manuel Merizalde 78-76--154 +10

103 Kyle Wight 72-83--155 +11

127 Scott Miller