BYU women's golf team competes in Texas Mo-morial

COLLEGE STATION -- The BYU women's golf team sat in 14th place Monday after the first two rounds of competition at the Texas A&M Mo-morial Invitational.

BYU head coach Sue Nyhus, whose Cougars shot 51 over par at 627, said she liked what she saw Monday, but expects her team to make better decisions and play with more confidence during Tuesday's final round.

"A lot of good things happened," Nyhus said. "But, we're better than we shot today."

The Cougars were paced by junior Margaret Gibby, who is tied for 35th in the individual rankings after shooting 154 through 36 holes. Gibby led the team with a low average of 76.7 during the fall season.

"Gibby birdied the last hole on both rounds," Nyhus said. "I was proud of the way she pulled it together at the end."

Gibby was followed by senior Nicole Newren-Chandler, who shot 13 over par at 157. Newren's sister, Rachel, came in one stroke behind at 158. Freshman Alexis Edwards tallied a 160 and the third Newren sister, Natalie, scored a 162.

The top individual after 36 holes was Indiana's Karen Dennison, who shot a 1-over-par 145. Missouri was holding onto the top spot Monday, shooting a 26-over-par 602.

The 11th annual Texas A&M Mo-morial is held at the Blackhorse Golf Club, which boasts a 6,100-yard, par-72 course. The competition consists of nine top-50 clubs out of a field of 16 squads. BYU is currently ranked No. 61 in the nation by golfweek.com.

The complete field includes the following schools: Arkansas (27), Missouri (29), Texas A&M (34), TCU (35), Baylor (36), Kansas State (37), Northwestern (38), Texas Teach (40), Indiana (49), SMU (67), Kansas (74), Arkansas-LR (79), UTEP (88), and Louisville (104).

BYU took a 14th place finish at the Mo-morial in 2003 while Baylor won the tournament. The Cougars finished 10th in their last outing, the Bay Area Classic in February.

The Cougars will tee off at 8 a.m. Tuesday for the final 18 holes.

Texas A&M Mo-morial Invitational

Blackhorse Golf Club College Station, Texas

Dates: 03/01 - 03/02 (Today: 03/01/2004)

Par: 72 Yardage: 6100

BYU Individual/Team Scores

T 35 Margaret Gibby 79-75--154 (+10)

T 53 Nicole Newren-Chandler 77-80--157 (+13)

T 58 Rachel Newren 82-76--158 (+14)

T 66 Alexis Edwards 80-80--160 (+16)

T 71 Natalie Newren 84-78--162 (+18)

14 BYU Totals 318-309--627 (+51)

Fin. Top 20 Players School Scores

1 Karen Dennison Indiana University 72-73--145

2 Amanda Costner Kansas, U. of 72-74--146

3 Christine Boucher Kansas State Univ. 70-77--147

T 4 Alice Kim Northwestern Univ. 76-72--148

T 4 Amanda McCurdy Arkansas, U. of 76-72--148

T 6 Gena Johnson Arkansas, U. of 77-72--149

T 6 Denise Knaebel Missouri, U. of 72-77--149

T 6 Maria Ohlsson Missouri, U. of 75-74--149

T 9 Karen Quintelier Kansas State Univ. 71-79--150

T 9 Christa Spedding Texas A&M University 74-76--150

T 9 Josefin Svenningsson Baylor 73-77--150

T 9 Maria Svensson Arkansas-Little Rock 79-71--150

T 13 Stacey Bieber TCU 73-78--151

T 13 Malinda Johnson Wisconsin, U. of 74-77--151

T 15 Mindy Bullard Missouri, U. of 76-76--152

T 15 Kim Kolb Texas Tech Univ. 78-74--152

T 15 Anne Mallory Texas El Paso, U. of 77-75--152

T 15 Kelli McKandless Baylor 75-77--152

T 15 Chelsey Pryor Kansas, U. of 76-76--152

T 15 Molly Redfearn Indiana University 76-76--152

T 15 Kelly Robb Northwestern Univ. 73-79--152

T 15 Missy Ryan Southern Methodist 76-76--152

T 15 Kelli Strubinger Missouri, U. of 75-77--152

T 15 Amy Young Texas El Paso, U. of 76-76--152

Fin. Top 20 Teams Scores

1 Missouri, U. of 298-304--602

T 2 Indiana University 299-305--604

T 2 Kansas, U. of 302-302--604

4 Kansas State Univ. 292-313--605

5 Arkansas, U. of 311-295--606

6 Northwestern Univ. 303-304--607

7 Texas A&M University 303-305--608

T 8 Southern Methodist 310-302--612

T 8 Baylor 303-309--612

10 TCU 307-308--615

11 Texas El Paso, U. of 313-303--616

T 12 Texas Tech Univ 319-302--621

T 12 Arkansas-Little Rock 317-304--621

14 Brigham Young Univ. 318-309--627

15 Wisconsin, U. of 317-316--633

16 McLennan CC 334-336--670