Cougars finished eighth at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate

BRIMINGHAM - BYU finished eighth against one of the toughest field's of fall play at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegite tournament held at The Old Overton Club in Brimingham Alabama.

No.2 ranked Clemson continued its stronghold on the title, overcoming defending national champions and No.1 ranked Georgia and No. 6 ranked Georgia Tech to win the 2000 JPNI championship by a team score of 27 under par on Tuesday.

Billy Harvey led the Cougar's effort shooting a three over-par 216 finishing in the 24th spot for the week. Manuel Merizalde struggled on Tuesday shooting a 78 after firing a two under-par 69 on Monday. Merizalde is ranked No. 16 in the country and has been a huge leader for BYU this season. Harvey is also ranked in the top 20 in the country holding down the No. 18 position.

The No. 1 ranked collegiate golfer, Bryce Molder took the individual title shooting a 17 under-par 196 for the three day event. "There were some outrageously low scores this week," said BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank. "Our kids hung in there despite leaving some shots on the golf course. Although it was not our strongest effort of the season I am proud of the way the kids handled themselves this week."

The seventh-ranked Cougars concluded their fall schedule this week and begin their Spring season on January 29, 2001 at the Ping Arizona Invitational in Tucson AZ.

TEAM SCORES

Clemson 825 -27

Georgia 827 -25

Georgia Tech 835 -17

Oklahoma St. 852 E

UAB 855 +3

Southern Cal. 860 +8

Houston 860 +8

BYU 874 +22

Alabama 876 +24

Arizona 876 +24

UNLV 878 +26

Auburn 881 +29

BYU INDIVIDUAL SCORES

T24 Billy Harvey 75-70-71--216

T33 Scott Miller 68-77-75--220

T38 Manuel Merizalde 74-69-78--221

T38 Jesse Hibler 71-73-77--221

T51 Kyle Wight 77-75-76--228