Cougars drop to 24th at NCAA Championship

Rachel Newren is tied for 70th at the NCAA Golf Championship

SUNRIVER -- BYU's women's golf team dropped to 24th place after a challenging second round at the 2005 NCAA Golf Championship at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. on Wednesday.

On a day when the Cougars had to count two 80s and a 79 toward its team total, BYU dropped to the back of the pack. After posting a respectable 305 in the first round, the Cougars came back on the second day by carding its fourth worst round of the season in some of the toughest weather conditions of the season. The cold, rainy and windy conditions accounted for higher scores by almost every team in the field. Pepperdine jumped into the overall lead by scoring an 11-over-par 295--four strokes higher than the day before.

"It was a tough day where we started out in a big hole, but we were able to play a lot better on our final nine," BYU head coach Sue Nyhus said. "I think our team is encouraged by how they played to end the day

BYU faced stiff winds most of the afternoon and were seven-over-par after only two holes, but BYU battled back to finish 33-over-par.

The Cougars' top player Rachel Newren had a double bogy on her final hole to score an eight-over-par 79 moving her into a tie for 70th place. Also in 70th place is freshman Juli Wighman who carded a nine-over-par 80 in the second round. Senior Natalie Newren came back from a rough first round to score the Cougars' lowest round of the day--a seven-over-par 78. She is tied for 98th place.

With two rounds left to play the Cougars still have plenty of opportunities to move up the leaderboard.

"We're going to do our best to finish this tournament strong," Nyhus said. "We've got a lot of good golf in us yet.

BYU will tee off at 9 a.m. at the Meadows Course. Fans can follow the action live on the internet at www.golfstat.com

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