BYU Finishes First Day in Third Place

Juli Erekson led the Cougars during the opening day of the Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

FORT COLLINS -- After the first day of play in the 2007 Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. at the Ptarmigan Country Club, the No. 16 Cougars stand in third place, with a score of 20 over par, 15 strokes behind the leader.

BYU got a solid start in its first two rounds of the year. The team shot a combined 299-297--596 for the 36-hole day.

"There was a lot of impressive performances from the players, over half of them didn't feel well and that speaks to the character of the team," BYU head coach Sue Nyhus said. "We saw a lot of steady play and a lot of good things from everyone."

Senior Juli Erekson led the Cougars with a 5-over-par 74-75--149. She began the day well with an eagle on the par-5 second hole. She claimed a double bogey on both the par-4 10th hole and par-4 18th hole. She overcame two strokes of the 4-stroke deficit with two birdies, finishing the round 2-over-par.

In the second round, Erekson had four bogeys and one birdie to finish with a 3-over-par 75. Erekson's performance landed her in the top 25 on the leader board; she will begin the second day tied in 23rd place.

Sara Romero also had a standout performance for the Cougars. After a dismal 6-over-par first round, Romero shot an even second round. She claimed four birdies, three of which came during her last seven holes.

Surprisingly, BYU's B-team player Daphne Vines finished the day tied in third place on the leader board. Vines, 75-70-145, shot 2-under-par during the second round, leaving her 1-over-par for the day.

Four strokes behind second-place Colorado, the Cougars will play 18 holes during the final round Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. on the Championship Tees to conclude their first tournament of the season.