Cougars battle wind and rain at Bay Area Classic

SAN JOSE -- The BYU women's golf team battled the elements on Monday, fighting through wild winds and relentless rain in the first day of the Bay Area Classic in San Jose, Calif.

"It was a crazy day in college golf," BYU head coach Sue Nyhus said.

Two groups were left stranded on the 18th hole when darkness fell. However, the Cougars, dressed in full rain gear, strove to finish strong.

"The 18th hole really took it to us today," Nyhus said. "The wind was blowing straight into us."

Junior Margaret Gibby, who leads the Cougars with a 76.7 average, was again the frontrunner, shooting a 77 on the par-72 course. Natalie Newren, also a junior, shot an 83.

The lowest score on the board Monday was a 75.

Despite the challenges, Nyhus expects her team to bounce back on Tuesday.

"We struggled a bit today, but we'll come back tomorrow," she said.

The final groups will complete the first round at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday and the final round of the 36-hole event will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.