Cougars Continue To Improve In Fall Finale

Margaret Gibby put together her best round of the tournament on Wednesday by shooting a 74. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

LAS VEGAS -- The BYU women's golf team continued to show improvement in the final round of the fall season by shooting 294 in the third round of Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

BYU coach Sue Nyhus said she has been pleased with the progress of the team during the fall season.

"We started the season shooting near 300 and today we shot a 294," Nyhus said. "That's where we want to be."

The Cougars received strong performances on the final day from Rachel Newren, Margaret Gibby and Alexis Edwards.

"They were hot right from the beginning," Nyhus said.

Newren turned in a 1-under round Wednesday; the Cougars' best score of the tournament. The sophomore carded a team-high four birdies and shot only three bogeys. Her three-round total landed her in tie for No. 24 overall.

Edwards cut five strokes off Tuesday's round to shoot an even par in the final round. She tied Newren with four birdies and tallied 11 pars. Her impressive final round moved her up 11 spots from No. 52 to No. 41.

Gibby shaved 7 strokes off her second round score by playing steady, consistent golf. She shot a team-high 12 pars on the last day to improve her score.

Senior Natalie Newren and freshman Juli Wightman also contributed to the Cougars' score with an 81 and 77, respectively. Newren finished at No. 46, while Wightman finished at No. 43.

The Cougars' other freshman, Ashley Childers, competed in the tournament as an individual. She shot an 85 Wednesday, after posting an impressive 74 during the second round.

The Cougars now have a more than three-month break until the compete in the Bay Area Classic on Feb. 21-22, 2005.

Nyhus said the team is going to work very hard during the off-season to improve its pace and confidence.

Fin. School                 Scores

1 UNLV 296 292 287 875 (+11)

2 Washington 294 306 280 880 (+16)

3 Stanford 301 298 291 890 (+26)

4 UC Irvine 307 296 289 892 (+28)

5 Texas Tech Univ 299 295 299 893 (+29)

6 San Francisco, U. of 311 301 284 896 (+32)

7 Kent State 315 293 291 899 (+35)

8 Missouri, U. of 308 297 295 900 (+36)

9 USC 303 315 284 902 (+38)

10 Brigham Young Univ. 312 301 294 907 (+43)

11 Colorado State Univ. 305 304 299 908 (+44)

12 San Jose State Univ 317 302 300 919 (+55)

13 Cal Berkeley 314 307 299 920 (+56)

14 Texas A&M University 322 301 301 924 (+60)

15 New Mexico State 318 308 301 927 (+63)

16 San Diego State Univ 325 303 316 944 (+80)

17 Eastern Washington U 341 326 308 975 (+111)

BYU Individual Results

Fin. Golfer Scores

T24 Rachel Newren 79 75 71 225 (+9)

T41 Alexis Edwards 80 77 72 229 (+13)

T43 Juli Wightman 80 73 77 230 (+14)

T46 Natalie Newren 74 76 81 231 (+15)

T56 Margaret Gibby 79 81 74 234 (+18)

T68 Ashley Childers* 80 74 85 239 (+13)

*competed as an individual

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