Cougars Compete Strong Against Top-Ranked Teams

Junior Natalia Jimenez lead the Cougars in round three, shooting a 3-over-par 74. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

TUCSON -- The BYU women's golf team shot 23-over-par in the third round of the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, giving the team a solid 12th place finish.

"We hung in there, and were able to beat two teams that are ranked ahead of us," said BYU head coach Sue Nyhus.

Junior Natalia Jimenez led the Cougars in the final round, shooting a 3-over-par 74. She finished the tournament tied for 32nd place at 15-over-par. Teammate Juli Erekson followed Jimenez tied for 40th place at 18-over-par.

The Arizona Wildcat Invitational consisted of 92 competitors from 16 schools. The overall individual winner was Amanda Blumenhurst of Duke who shot 68-72-73-213. Oklahoma state won the tournament with a team score of 32-over-par.

With the arrival of Spring weather, Nyhus looks forward to the women's team practicing outside.

"We are making great progress, and we just need more time on grass," she said.

The Cougars will next be in action on March 10, 11 and 12 at the UNLV Spring Tournament in Boulder City, Nev.

TEAM LEADERBOARD Round 3

Place School To Par Today Total

1 Oklahoma State +32 +14 288-298-298-884

T2 Southern Calif. +34 +6 296-300-290-886

T2 Duke +34 +12 288-302-296-886

4 Arizona +47 +19 288-308-303-899

5 Arizona State +49 +14 287-316-298-901

6 UCLA +52 +11 288-321-295-904

7 New Mexico +55 +18 298-307-302-907

8 Pepperdine +62 +21 293-316-305-914

T9 Auburn +65 +27 292-314-311-917

T9 Stanford +65 +16 303-314-300-917

11 California +72 +22 297-321-306-924

12 BYU +73 +23 309-309-307-925

13 Texas +74 +20 304-318-304-926

14 Vanderbilt +87 +22 305-328-306-939

15 Washington +91 +38 307-314-322-943

16 UNLV +99 +28 325-314-312-951

BYU Individual Leaderboard Round 3

Place Player To Par Today Total

T32 Natalia Jimenez +15 +3 76-78-74-228

T40 Juli Erekson +18 +8 77-75-79-231

T49 Ashley Childers +20 +9 79-74-80-233

T52 Daphne Vines +22 +3 77-84-74-235

*T82 Hannah Summerhays +38 +11 80-89-82-251

T85 Sara Romero +42 +23 79-82-94-255

*Competing as individual.

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