BYU Battling for Top Ten

TUCSON -- BYU makes a comeback in Tuesday's round of the Arizona Invitational and is vying for a top 10 finish ahead of UNLV.

The Cougars shot a team total of 310, a seven shot improvement from Monday's round, and moved up one position to a tie for 13th after the second round. BYU is 11 shots back from 10th position, which is not only ideal for position's sake but also for pulling ahead of UNLV.

"I'd really like for us to finish ahead of UNLV since they are in our conference and it is important for us to beat them," said head coach Sue Nyhus. "However, our goal for tomorrow is to have a good round so these kids can believe in themselves. Everyone is capable and ready; it's just a matter of time."

Freshman Catalina Guacaneme and sophomore Natalie Newren kept the Cougars heads' up high with two marvelous scores of 74 and 75, and will lead BYU into the final round on Wednesday.

"Two of our players, Catalina and Natalie, were under par most of the day," Nyhus said. "But we struggled to finish and made some big numbers on the last few holes; Natalie had a triple bogey and Catalina made a double bogey on the last hole."

Pepperdine is leading with an eight-stroke lead over Southern California. Wednesday's final round will start with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start.

Fin. Top 20 Teams Scores

1 Pepperdine Univ. 294 292 586

2 Southern California 308 286 594

3 Arizona State U. 290 305 595

4 Tennessee, U. of 307 295 602

5 UCLA 299 305 604

Vanderbilt Univ. 297 307 604

7 Stanford University 315 293 608

8 New Mexico State U. 307 302 609

9 Arizona, U. of 297 315 612

10 Washington, U. of 310 306 616

11 UNLV 317 304 621

Arkansas, U. of 314 307 621

13 Colorado State Univ. 313 314 627

Brigham Young Univ. 317 310 627

15 San Jose State Univ 314 321 635

16 Colorado, U. of 325 319 644

17 Southern Methodist 320 327 647

18 Northern Arizona U. 327 325 652

Fin. Brigham Young Players Scores

T27 Natalie Newren 76 75 151 +9

T36 Catalina Guacaneme 79 74 153 +11

T76 Danielle von Arnim 82 81 163 +21

T80 Margaret Gibby 80 84 164 +22

87 Symantha Mendenhall 86 80 166 +24