Cougars finish strong at the Thompson Rainbow Invitational

WAIMANALO, Hawaii--BYU finished sixth after shooting its lowest three-round total in two years as three golfers placed in the top twenty at the Thompson Rainbow Invitational on Thursday.

BYU's (304-307-308=919) strung together three solid rounds and held on to a tie with PAC-10 power Oregon State to finished sixth against a tough field that included four top 20 teams. No. 14 Oklahoma State held off No. 2 Arizona to win by three strokes.

"This was the most consistent three-round tournament we've played in a number of years," BYU head coach Gary Howard said. "We accomplished what we wanted to and I think we are in a much better position to qualify for the NCAA Regional Tournament in May."

BYU was led by All-American Carrie Summerhays (73-78-75=226), who shot a final-round 75 to finish in 10 individually. This was Summerhays fourth top 10 finish this season and 23rd of her career. Senior Captain Summer Pierce (78-76-74=228) played quality golf for the second consecutive tournament and had a team low third round 74 to finish16th overall. Lisa Dernick was also a big contributor for the Cougars (75-76-76=227) as finished in 13th place individually.

"Lisa (Dernick) played a courageous round today," Howard said. "She was struggling all day but came back and shot a 76. I'm proud of the way all of our girls played. I'm pleased with the way they fought hard this whole tournament."

Place   School          Score

1. Oklahoma St. 303-298-294=895

2. Arizona 300-294-304=898

3. Louisiana St. 304-301-295=900

4. Oklahoma 304-300-306=910

5. TCU 302-310-299=911

6. BYU 304-307-308=919

6. Oregon State 299-307-313=919

8. Colorado St. 305-312-313=930

9. Minnesota 309-309-315=933

10. Colorado 305-311-322=938

18 Teams Competing

BYU Individuals

T10. Carrie Summerhays 73-78-75=226

T13. Lisa Dernick 75-76-76=227

T16. Summer Pierce 78-76-74=228

T49. Adrianne Gibby 78-77-84=239

T89. Nicole Newren 87-87