Cougars Finish Tournament At No. 11

The Cougars finished a challenging Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational by placing 11th. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

SAHALEE C.C., Wash. (Oct. 6, 2004)--The BYU women's golf team carded a final-round 325 to finish 11th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Washington on Wednesday.

The course continued to challenge the golfers as 10 of the 14 teams tallied higher scores in the third round than they did in the second round.

"Our scores might not show it, but we improved a lot during this tournament," BYU Coach Sue Nyhus said. "I'm still excited about the direction this team is heading."

Freshman Juli Wightman led the Cougars on Wednesday with a final-round 78. The Massachusetts native played a strong round, tallying only six bogeys on the challenging course. She also carded a team-high 12 pars during the round.

Her three round total of 240 tied her for No. 44, with teammate Rachel Newren, who added another birdie during the third round to give her a total of eight for the tournament.

Senior Margaret Gibby led the Cougars with her consistent play throughout the Invitational. Her three-round total of 237 was the Cougars' lowest total score. She ended the tournament in 31st place.

Ashley Childers showed great poise as a freshman by carding a 78-81-80--239. The freshman's efforts landed her just two strokes behind Gibby to finish in 42nd place.

Senior Natalie Newren finished the tournament in a tie at No. 63, after leading the Cougars in stroke average through the first two tournaments.

Overall, the Cougars look at the Invitational as a great learning opportunity.

"We learned a lot about ourselves," Nyhus said. "Now we know where we can improve and we're looking forward to the rest of a great season."

The team returns to action in two weeks at the Lady Aztec Invitational in Chula Vista, Calif. on Oct. 18-19.

Fin.   School               Scores

1 Oklahoma State 296-301-302--899 (+35)

T2 Washington 310-307-301--918 (+54)

T2 Oregon, U. of 300-304-314--918 (+54)

4 Southern California 304-301-321--926 (+62)

5 Pepperdine 298-316-316--930 (+66)

6 UNLV 318-307-307--932 (+68)

T7 Washington State U. 310-305-323--938 (+74)

T7 San Francisco, U. of 318-304-316--938 (+74)

9 Stanford 308-312-320--940 (+76)

10 California 320-308-313--941 (+77)

11 Brigham Young Univ. 314-313-325--952 (+88)

12 Long Beach State 320-329-319--968 (+104)

13 Oregon State U. 334-323-328--985 (+121)

14 Stirling (Scotland) 344-343-344--1031(+167)

BYU Individual Results

Fin. Golfer Scores

T31 Margaret Gibby 77-75-85--237 (+21)

T42 Ashley Childers 78-81-80--239 (+23)

T44 Rachel Newren 81-77-82--240 (+24)

T44 Juli Wightman 78-84-78--240 (+24)

T63 Natalie Newren 84-80-88--252 (+36)

71 participants

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