BYU Finishes Seventh at UNLV Spring Invitational

Rachel Newren leads the Cougars to a seventh-place finish at the UNLV Spring Invitational

LAS -- The 41st-ranked BYU women's golf team wrapped up the final day of the UNLV Spring Invitational, as they shot the fourth-lowest round of the day (303) and finished in seventh place.

The tournament presented the Cougars with their season's most difficult field of competitors, including Pepperdine (Golfweek No. 5), Tennessee (9), Arizona (19), USC (23), Michigan (25), Purdue (26) and UNLV (27).

"We had a really strong round today," said head coach Sue Nyhus. "We got off to a bit of a slow start, but we played really, really well in the middle. We had some struggles on the 16th hole, but overall we played really well."

Rachel Newren led the Cougars in the final round with the team's best round (71) and finished in ninth place at 10 over par. Newren's final-round 71 ties her second-best round this season, while her ninth-place finish marks the sixth time Newren has finished in the top 20 this season.

"Rachel shooting under par in the final round really helped the team," Nyhus said. "It really helps to have a low score."

Freshman Juli Wightman proved she is ready for the collegiate golf world as she finished the tournament at 17 over par (233) and tied for 24th place, her second-best finish of the season.

Senior Margaret Gibby-Wright and sophomore Alexis Edwards both shot 78 in the final round. Gibby-Wright finished the tournament at 23 over par, while Edwards finished at 25 over par. Danielle von Arnim also improved from the previous round, shooting four strokes better and finishing at 33 over par in the tournament.

The Cougars' finish in this year's tournament will affect their chance of qualifying for the regional competition in May, as many West-region teams were present, including USC, Pepperdine, Arizona, UNLV, Nevada, Northern Arizona, Denver and Eastern Washington.

The Cougars have a long break before playing host at the BYU Dixie Classic April 4-5.

Black Mountain Golf and Country Club -- Par 72 -- 6,009 yards

TEAM RESULTS (Golfweek Ranking)

1. USC (23) 306-299-290--895

2. Pepperdine (5) 317-302-291--910

3. Arizona (19) 312-298-306--916

T4. Tennessee (9) 318-306-302--926

T4. Michigan (25) 316-308-302--926

6. UNLV-A (27) 312-309-306--927

7. BYU (41) 325-310-303--938

8. Purdue (26) 326-303-312--941

9. Nevada (63) 321-310-311--942

10. Iowa St. (60) 327-312-307--946

11. Nebraska (63) 329-309-317--955

12. Northern Arizona 332-321-303--956

13. Denver (69) 332-316-313--961

14. Indiana 343-318-321--982

15. Eastern Washington 338-317-328--983

16. Memphis 336-327-321--984

17. UNLV-B 350-327-328--1005

18. Northern Iowa 344-340-322--1006

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

T9. Rachel Newren 79-76-71--226

T24. Juli Wightman 79-78-76--233

T36. Margaret Gibby-Wright 86-75-78--239

T42. Alexis Edwards 82-81-78--241

T75. Danielle von Arnim 85-84-80--249

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