Sophomore Daphne Vines shot a 1-under-par 72 in the second round, advancing from 9th to 5th place. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
ALBUQUERQUE -- The BYU women's golf team shot an impressive 4-over-par in the second round of the Mountain West Conference Championships to help them remain in second place behind the University of New Mexico.
"We played well today," said BYU head coach Sue Nyhus. "But New Mexico is a good team on their home course."
Sophomore Daphne Vines led the Cougars in round two, as she shot a 1-under- par 73.
"Daphne was on fire on the front nine with a birdie on [hole] one and an eagle on three," Nyhus said.
She sits one stroke behind Natalia Jimenez, who leads all Cougars tied for 2nd place at even par. Juli Erekson also had a strong second round, hitting a 1-over-par 74 to advance from 14th to 8th place. The Cougars continue to be the only team at the tournament with all individual scores under 80.
The Mountain West Conference Championship is a 54-hole tournament featuring seven teams, including No. 22 New Mexico, No. 47 UNLV and No. 27 TCU. It is being held at the par-73 University of New Mexico Championship course, where tournament tees are set at 6,167. New Mexico leads the tournament at 5-over-par. No. 47 UNLV sits in third place, 11 strokes behind BYU.
The tournament will conclude Saturday with tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m. MST. After the MWC Championships, the Cougars will advance to the NCAA Regionals.