Cougars Dominate First Two Rounds of Ron Moore

Rachel Newren shot a career-low 68 to lead the Cougars' balanced attack. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

DENVER -- The BYU women's golf team leads the field after dominating the first two rounds of the Ron Moore Women's Classic.

The Cougars took a commanding five-stroke lead with yet another amazingly balanced team effort. Only nine strokes separate all five Cougar golfers. The team piled on a tournament-leading five eagles and 25 birdies.

BYU Coach Sue Nyhus said this balanced effort makes the Cougars a formidable team.

"This is the deepest team we've had in years," Nyhus said. "We're tough one through seven, and they all believe in one another."

When Nyhus said that last week was just the beginning to a great season, she wasn't bluffing. The Cougars built on an impressive showing at the Dick McGuire Invitational to lead the field in Denver.

"I think this is just a sign of things to come," Nyhus said. "The girls have really worked hard and dedicated themselves this year."

All five golfers played well enough to finish in the top-22. Sophomore standout Rachel Newren led the balanced attacked with a two-round total of 143.

Newren carded a career-low 68 during the second round. She also added an eagle and a tournament-high 10 birdies. Her outstanding play has landed her only one stroke behind the tournament leader.

Newren's sister Natalie continues to play rock solid golf for the Cougars. She stroked a tournament-leading two eagles. Natalie finished the day tied for sixth place.

Alexis Edwards and Margaret Gibby chipped in with an eagle each. Edwards tallied a 152, good enough for 22nd place and Gibby's 76-73--149 placed her in the top-10.

Freshman Juli Wightman continues to play well beyond her years as she carded a 151 to end the day in a tie for 17th place.

The final 18 holes of the Classic will be played tomorrow beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Fin.   School                   Scores  

1 Brigham Young Univ. 299-289--588 (+12)

2 San Francisco, U. of 291-302--593 (+17)

3 Colorado State Univ. 299-306--605 (+29)

4 Nevada, U. of 293-313--606 (+30)

5 UC - Irvine 306-301--607 (+31)

6 Denver, Univ. of 301-307--608 (+32)

7 Iowa State Univ. 303-306--609 (+33)

8 Wyoming, U. of 305-307--612 (+36)

9 Colorado, U. of 306-311--617 (+41)

10 Texas El Paso, U. of 311-308--619 (+43)

11 Portland State Univ. 301-320--621 (+45)

12 Long Beach State 310-315--625 (+49)

13 Weber State Univ. 316-310--626 (+50)

14 Arkansas-Little Rock 312-317--629 (+53)

15 Northern Arizona U. 315-318--633 (+57)

16 Northern Colorado 312-328--640 (+64)

BYU Golfers

Finish Golfer Scores

2 Rachel Newren 75 68 143

T 6 Natalie Newren 74 73 147

T 10 Margaret Gibby 76 73 149

T 17 Juli Wightman 76 75 151

T 22 Alexis Edwards 74 78 152

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