BYU in Sixth Place at NCAA West Regional

Senior Ashley Childers leads the Cougars tied for 18th place at even par, along with teammates Juli Erekson and Daphne Vines. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

LINCOLN -- The No. 27 BYU women's golf team sits in sixth place at 7-over-par, after the first round of the 2008 NCAA West Regional.

"Everybody gave it their all today," said BYU head coach Sue Nyhus. "The team is working hard and we're in a good position to go into the second round."

The Cougars got off to a strong start as senior Juli Erekson hit back-to-back birdies on holes two and three. Teammates Ashley Childers and Daphne Vines also birdied two shots early on to give BYU an edge throughout the first round. Their consistency helped BYU finish with a team score of 295 and achieve its sixth-place tie with Michigan State, Stanford and California.

All three golfers--Erekson, Childers, and Vines--currently lead BYU tied for 18th place at even-par.

"I was impressed with Juli, Ashley and Daphne today," Nyhus said. "They had great composure, they focused well, and they were able to get the job done."

Junior Natalia Jimenez and freshman Jade Bollinger struggled in the first round as they shot several bogeys and missed important putts.

The 2008 NCAA West Regional is being held at the par-72 Lincoln Hills Golf Club, where tournament tees are set at 6,338 yards. The West Regional consists of 21 Division-I schools from various parts of the United States, including No. 2 Southern California, No. 4 Arizona State and No. 12 Arizona. The top eight teams from the West Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Southern California currently leads the tournament at 5-under-par.

The NCAA West Regional will continue Friday with the second round. BYU will tee-off from the 12th hole at 1 p.m. PST.

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