In a Battle With Nation's Best

Team captain Natalia Jimenez leads the Cougars after the opening round of play at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- On a cold, rainy day in Palos Verdes, Calif., the BYU women’s golf team battled to a 52-over-par effort in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge with some of the nation’s top collegiate golf programs.

In a tournament field with schools such as No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 USC and No. 3 Arizona State, the Cougars played a solid opening round at the par-71 Palos Verdes Golf Club and ended the day with the No. 16 spot.

BYU was led by senior and team captain Natalia Jimenez, who finished the day tied for 27th place at nine-over-par. She scored two birdies on the day with seven bogeys and a team-low two double-bogeys.

Sophomore Jade Bollinger battled the playing conditions with a solid 13-over-par performance, good for a tie at the No. 63 spot after getting two birdies in the opening round. Freshman Maggie Yuan recorded similar numbers and currently sits at No. 65.

Juniors Shayla Forsey and Camille Gardner rounded up the field for the Cougars with consistent play, ending the first round at 16- and 17-over-par, respectively. Gardner, along with Jimenez and Bollinger, made two birdies in the opening round.

Arizona State’s Juliana Murcia leads the overall field at one-under-par after helping the team to a first-place finish after the opening day. Lizette Salas of USC scored two-over-par to help secure the Trojans a second-place finish with two rounds to go.

2009 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge

BYU

T27 N. Jimenez 80 +9

T63 J. Bollinger 84 +13

T65 M. Yuan 85 +14

T74 S. Forsey 87 +16

T79 C. Gardner 88 +17

The field

1 (3) Ariz. State +21

2 (2) USC +29

3 (1) UCLA +30

4 (11) Wake Forest +31

5 (20) Michigan St. +32

6 (16) California +33

7 (27) Ohio State +35

8 (13) Pepperdine +35

9 (19) Denver +37

T10 (29) Florida +41

T10 Baylor +41

12 (47) East Carolina +42

13 (21) Stanford +44

14 (25) Notre Dame +46

15 (32) Texas A&M +47

16 BYU +52

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