Cougars in fourth after 2nd round of Cougar Classic

Provo, Utah--BYU started slow, but sits in fourth place trailing leader San Diego State by 19 strokes at the Taylor Made/Addidas Cougar Classic held at the Riverside Country Club.

"I think the kids expected a lot more," said BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank. "We just didn't capitalize on a lot of good shots."

The Cougars struggled early posting a first-round team score of 301 in the cold, wet conditions of the day. Cougars Manuel Merizalde and Scott Miller both posted first-round scores of 76 while Billy Harvey opened with a 74.

San Diego State faired well in the fowl weather posting three individual scores under-par including John LePack's 4-under-par 68. LePack leads the individual standings with a two-round total of 140, 4-under-par.

The Aztecs held on in the second round shooting a four-under-par 284 with a 10-under-par 566 total on the day.

The Cougars fought back in the second round shooting a 4-under-par 284. "I have to hand it them," Brockbank said. "They played hard and did not give up."

Jesse Hibler and Harvey both fired scores of 2-under-par 70, and Merizalde managed a 1-under-par 71to bring BYU into the fourth place spot.

"We just started figuring things out on those last 9 holes," Merizalde said. "Hopefully we can keep it going tomorrow."

Fresno State and University of California Santa Barbara round out the second and third spots. Final round play begins tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. at the Riverside Country Club.

TEAM SCORES

1. San Diego State 282-284--566 -10

2. UC-Santa Barbara 302-282--584 +8

Fresno State 295-289--584 +8

4. BYU 301-284--585 +9

Tulsa 297-292--585 +9

6. Wyoming 297-292--589 +13

7. UTEP 301-290--591 +15

8. Colorado State 299-293--592 +16

Hawaii 300-292--592 +16

10. Boise State 298-296--594 +18

11. Air Force 304-291--595 +19

Nevada 303-292--595 +19

13. Utah 303-293--596 +20

14. Weber State 310-288--598 +22

15. Utah State 310-309--619 +43

16. Southern Utah 320-321--641 +65

Individuals Top 10

1. John Lepak SDSU 68-72--140

2. Lars Johansson SDSU 72-69--141

3. Nick Watney Fresno St. 74-68--142

Chris Noel Tulsa 73-69--142

5. Dan Swanson UTEP 73-70--143

Luke Sestero Boise State 70-73--143

Christian Helland UC Santa Bar.75-68--143

Chris Galeski SDSU 71-72--143

9. Billy Harvey BYU 74-70-144

David Inglis Tulsa 72-72-144

Brian Miller SDSU 71-73-144

Dustin Volk Weber State 76-68--144

BYU Individuals

t9 Billy Harvey 74-70-144

t13 Jesse Hibler 75-70--145

t22 Manuel Merizalde 76-71--147

t36 Scott Miller 76-73--149

t52 Kyle Wight 76-76--152

t64 Jared Overton 80-75--155

t64 Berg Crawford 80-75--155

t92 Chris Graham 79-82--161