BYU Places 20th at Regionals, Summerhays Qualifies for NCAA Championship

TEMPE -- Firing a final-round 72 Saturday at the NCAA Women's Golf West Regional, BYU's Carrie Summerhays became one of three individual qualifiers for the upcoming NCAA Championship tournament. BYU turned in its best round of the regional being played at ASU Karsten Golf Course with a 4-over-par 300 to jump into 20th place at 922.

Top-ranked Arizona won the regional with a three-day total of 12-under-par 876. San Jose State (881) placed second, followed by top-10 finishers USC (888), Arizona State (889), TCU (892), Stanford (893), Oregon (895), Pepperdine (898), Texas (899), Tulsa (899), and Nebraska (899). The final two teams to qualify were Oklahoma ((900) and New Mexico State (901), who finished 12th and 13th respectively.

Arizona's Miriam Nagl took individual honors with a 7-under-par 209. Summerhays recorded a tournament total of 1-over-par 217 to place tied for sixth overall. The top three finishers on teams who did not qualify for nationals earned individual berths. Joining Summerhays as individuals were Maria Boden of Oklahoma State (213) and Kristen MacLaren of UTEP (218).

"I'm definitely excited about qualifying," Summerhays said. "I just tried to do my best and felt like if it happens, it happens. It wasn't my best score but I gave my best effort and it was good enough."

Summerhays made two birdies to offset a double-bogey on No. 13 to record the even-par 72 Saturday. She posted a first-round 75 followed by a second-round 70 Friday. "We thought it was a definite possibility coming into the regional that Carrie could qualify," BYU coach Gary Howard said. "It's a fitting finish for the player who has led our team all year long."

While Summerhays had BYU's best tournament, fellow sophomore Jessica Gardner turned in the Cougars' best round of the day with a 1-under-par 71, bouncing back from an 86 score the previous day. "I went out firing for the pins," Gardner said. "I had a lot of confidence and I was putting really well today."

Other final-round scores for BYU included Summer Pierce at 77 and Adrianne Gibby and Nicole Parry at 80. For the tournament, Gibby finished tied for 96th (235), followed closely by Pierce (tied for 99th at 236) and Gardner (tied for 103rd at 237). Parry placed tied for 123rd at 247.

"We played one of our finest rounds of the year today and were able to finish ahead of several teams with higher rankings," Howard said. "We have consistently moved up the rankings during the spring. We are a young team and this helps set the stage for next year. Carrie's experience at nationals is also something she will be able to bring back and share with the team."

Team Scores

Arizona 296-284--296--876

San Jose State 303-286--292--881

USC 308-285-295--888

Arizona State 299-298-292--889

TCU 305-293-294--892

Stanford 297-297-299--893

Oregon 303-297-295--895

Pepperdine 302-293-303--898

Texas 298-304-297--899

Tulsa 294-305-300--899

Nebraska 298-302-299--899

Oklahoma 301-301-298--900

New Mexico State 301-297-303--901

Failed to Qualify

UCLA 307-298-300--906

Missouri 314-298-299--911

Oklahoma State 307-301-305--913

Washington 321-298-297--916

Texas Tech 306-307-305--918

Baylor 309-308-301--918

BYU 310-312-300--922

New Mexico 318-303-303--924

California 315-306-308--929

Washington State 317-312-306--935

Oregon State 320-304-314--938

BYU Scores

Carrie Summerhays 75-70-72--217

Adrianne Gibby 78-77-80--235

Summer Pierce 77-82-77--236

Jessica Gardner 80-86-71--237

Nicole Parry 84-83-80--247