Cougars Battle Through Fog to Stay in Top-10

Margaret Gibby is the Cougars' low scorer after the first round at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

SAHALEE C.C., Wash. (Oct. 4, 2004)--A thick fog slowed the BYU women's golf team during the first round of the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.

The fog delayed the start of the tournament for approximately 90 minutes, but even then the fog was still dense.

"Our first girls played when it was still foggy," BYU Coach Sue Nyhus said. "They were kind of playing blind. You couldn't see where your ball was landing."

Despite all the problems with the fog, the Cougars managed to put up some respectable scores to finish the day in eighth place.

Senior Margaret Gibby put up the team's top score of the day with a 5-over 77. She played especially well on the front nine carding a 37. Her two birdies on the day also came in the front nine.

Freshmen Juli Wightman and Ashley Childers also played well for the Cougars, falling just one stroke behind Gibby. Wightman tallied two birdies on the day, while Childers led the team with 10 pars.

The Newren sisters also contributed to the Cougars play. Rachel stroked an 81 and Natalie an 84.

Although the Cougars are happy to be in the top-10, they are not satisfied with today's performance. The team is anxious to work out the kinks and get back on the course tomorrow.

"We need to make quicker adjustments," Nyhus said. "We've got three full days here to improve."

Play resumes Tuesday morning weather permitting. The Invitational can be followed live at golfstat.com or by accessing the link at byucougars.com.

Fin.  School          Score

1 Oklahoma State 296 (+8)

2 Pepperdine 298 (+10)

3 Oregon, U. of 300 (+12)

4 Southern Calif. 304 (+16)

5 Stanford 308 (+20)

T6 Washington 310 (+22)

T6 Washington St. 310 (+22)

8 Brigham Young 314 (+26)

T9 UNLV 318 (+30)

T9 San Francisco 318 (+30)

T11 Long Beach St. 320 (+32)

T11 California 320 (+32)

13 Oregon State U. 334 (+46)

14 Stirling (Scotland) 344 (+56)

BYU Individual Results

Fin. Golfer Score

T23 Margaret Gibby 77

T25 Juli Wightman 78

T25 Ashley Childers 78

T50 Rachel Newren 81

T58 Natalie Newren 84

71 participants

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