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Cougar Finish 11th at Bay Area Classic

VALLEJO, Calif -- BYU's women's golf team started their 2002 spring season with an 11th place finish at the Bay Area Classic at the Hiddenbrooke Golf Course.

After a rocky first round the Cougars bounced back with a final round 312 on a difficult par-72 Arnold Palmer Signature Course. Lisa Hardy led the Cougars shooting a final round 77 and finishing 20th individually. Fellow senior, Carrie Summerhays, struggled in her first round after the winter break shooting 12-over-par, but came back the second round with a 77.

"The past couple of months we've been hitting a lot of balls and I think we were mentally prepared, but we just needed a couple of rounds to warm up," BYU head coach Sue Nyhus said.

Host Cal fired a remarkable 284 to capture its first Bay Area Classic Championship. The Cal Bears were led by individual winner Anne Walker who finished three-under-par, which was six strokes ahead of three of her teammates all tied at three-over-par.

Despite the 11th place finish Nyhus is optimistic about the results of BYU's first tournament after an almost four-month break.

"The scores don't look great, but I feel we did well in a lot of areas," Nyhus said. "This was a tough course to start on, but we'll improve as we play more golf. There are a lot of good things happening on the golf course for us."

BYU will next prepare for the UCLA Bruin Classic on March 11-12.

Team Finish

1. California 298 284 582

2. Idaho 297 301 598

3. Denver 305 309 614

4. San Francisco 302 315 617

5. San Diego St. 304 317 621

6. Nevada 312 310 622

7. Illinois 320 313 633

8. Colorado 316 320 636

9. Portland State 320 317 637

10. Portland 319 319 638

11. BYU 327 312 639

12. Long Beach St.321 320 641

13. Northern Ariz.323 320 643

14. Colorado St. 327 317 644

15. Weber State 328 322 650

16. Gonzaga 355 345 700

BYU Individual Scores

t20 Lisa Dernick-Hardy 78 77 155 +11

t46 Carrie Summerhays 84 77 161 +17

t55 Nicole Newren 83 79 162 +18

t60 Adrianne Olson 85 79 164 +20

t60 Natalie Newren 82 82 164 +20