BYU Struggles in Opening Day of Spartan Invitational

The Cougars look to catch the pack tomorrow at the Spartan Invitational

SALINAS -- After a long two-week break, the No. 41 BYU women's golf team returned to action in the San Jose State Spartan Invitational, taking the sixth-place spot (604) of 15 teams going into the final round of play tomorrow.

The Cougars got off to a rough start in the tournament, finishing the first round seven strokes back of the leader UNLV. In the second round, things did not improve, as the Cougars fell twenty-five strokes behind the current leader and reigning tournament champion No. 2 UCLA.

Women's head coach Sue Nyhus said the Cougars played well despite being a little apprehensive over the difficulty of the course.

"I think the golf course is quite fair," Nyhus said. "It has a reasonable length. Good shots are rewarded while bad shots are punished. The bunkers are visually intimidating because you have to knock it over them to reach the green. We need to make some strategic adjustments for tomorrow."

Sophomore Rachel Newren led the Cougars as she shot a two-over-par 73 in both rounds to finish in a tenth-place tie, 11 strokes back of the leader, California's Sofie Andersson.

"The first 18 holes were kind of up and down; hit a birdie; hit a bogey," Rachel said. "In the last 18 holes, I was getting physically tired, so I focused on sharpening my mental game. I dropped a lot of putts during the day."

Other Cougar standouts included Alexis Edwards and Danielle von Arnim. During the first round, Edwards shot BYU's best round (72) and finished five strokes back of the leader, but had difficulty in the second round (80), finishing the day at 10 over par. Arnim, who also finished the day at 10 over par, struggled during the first round (77), but returned in the second round with a 75.

Freshman Juli Wightman rounded off the Cougars' team score with a 12-over-par 154, while senior Natalie Newren finished the day with an 18-over-par 160.

The Cougars finish up tournament play tomorrow, hoping to regain some ground on the leaders and improve their seed in the Western Region.

Corral De Tierra Country Club -- Par 71 -- 5,826 yards

TEAM RESULTS (Golfweek ranking)

1. UCLA (2) 298-281--579

2. Washington (4) 293-287--580

3. California (33) 294-291--585

4. UNLV (29) 292-294--586

5. UC Irvine (43) 295-293--588

6. BYU (41) 299-305--604

T7. New Mexico St. 301-305--606

T7. SFU (44) 307-299--606

9. Fresno St. 303-305--608

T10. San Jose St. (47) 311-299--610

T10. Colorado St. 308-302--610

12. Hawaii 304-307--611

13. Colorado 319-299--618

14. Santa Clara 323-328--651

15. CS Monterey Bay 332-335--667

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

T10. Rachel Newren 73-73--146 (+4)

T29. Danielle von Arnim 77-75--152 (+10)

T29. Alexis Edwards 72-80--152 (+10)

T42. Juli Wightman 77-77--154 (+12)

T61. Natalie Newren 80-80--160 (+18)

-Through 36 holes, 18 holes remaining

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