Cougars Finish Fourth at Rain-Soaked Aztec Invite

The Cougars placed three golfers in the top-20 at the Lady Aztec Invitational. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

CHULA VISTA -- The BYU women's golf team finished fourth at the rain-shortened Lady Aztec Invitational on Tuesday.

The Cougars arrived at the Auld Course Tuesday morning only to find the course unplayable as most of it sat under water. Officials canceled the third round after the final three golfers finished the second round that began on Monday.

The Cougars improved enough during the second round to move up four spots to No. 4. BYU Coach Sue Nyhus credits the team's dedication to the fourth place finish.

"I'm really impressed with our girls," she said. "We were the only team out practicing during the rain."

The team's hard work paid off during the tournament as three Cougars finished in the top-20.

Rachel Newren tallied a 146 to finish in at No. 4. This tournament marks the second time Newren has finished in the top-10 so far this season. She, along with sister Natalie, carded seven birdies, third most in the tournament.

Freshman Juli Wightman played her best tournament as a Cougar by finishing in a tie for No. 12. The Massachusetts native stroked six birdies en route to her first top-20 finish.

Natalie Newren carded a 6-over 150 to finish tied for 14th. The senior used seven birdies to turn in her third top-20 finish of the season.

Alexis Edwards and Danielle von Arnim returned to action for the Cougars. Each stroked a 161 to tie for No. 60. And freshman Ashley Childers competed in the tournament as an individual and tallied a 165 to tie for 73rd place.

The Cougars last three tournaments have been inhibited by foul weather, a pattern they hope to break when they play in Las Vegas on Nov. 1.

Fin. School              Scores

1. Baylor 291-299-590 (+14)

2. Northern Arizona 298-303-601 (+25)

Long Beach State 300-301-601 (+25)

4. Brigham Young 305-298-603 (+27)

San Francisco 298-305-603 (+27)

6. UAB 304-303-607 (+31)

7. Fresno State 313-296-609 (+33)

8. Boise State 298-315-613 (+37)

9. San Diego State 304-310-614 (+38)

10. Nevada 313-302-615 (+39)

11. Idaho 320-300-620 (+44)

12. Illinois 315-307-622 (+46)

13. Portland State 307-316-623 (+47)

14. CS Northridge 324-319-643 (+67)

15. Wyoming 322-327-649 (+73)

BYU Individual Results

Fin. Golfer Scores

T4 Rachel Newren 71-75--146 (+2)

T12 Juli Wightman 78-71--149 (+5)

T14 Natalie Newren 78-72--150 (+6)

T60 Alexis Edwards 78-83--161 (+17)

T60 Danielle von Arnim 81-80--161 (+17)

T73 Ashley Childers* 85-80--165 (+21)

82 participants

*competed as an individual

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