Cougars in First Place at Roar-EE Invitational

Junior Natalia Jimenez leads the Cougars and sits in first place at the Roar-EE Invitational. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

MAMARONECK -- With tough course conditions, the BYU women's golf team fought hard to lead the first two rounds of the Roar-EE Invitational. Junior Natalia Jimenez leads the tournament at 11-over-par, and BYU sits in first place, 13 shots over Harvard.

"The team is focused on finding strategies to score in the difficult course conditions," said BYU head coach Sue Nyhus.

Jimenez was one of two golfers in the tournament to break a score of 80 in the first round. She continued strong in round two, shooting a 5-over-par 76. Senior Juli Erekson also shot 76 in the second round, helping her achieve a solid second-place standing. BYU freshman Jade Bollinger made a nice comeback in the second round to move into sixth place.

The Roar-EE Invitational, hosted by Columbia University, is a 14-team tournament featuring several Ivy League schools including Harvard, Yale and Princeton. The tournament is being held at the par-71 Hampshire Country Club, where tournament tees are set at 5,833 yards.

After winning their last two tournaments at UNLV and the BYU Dixie classic, the Cougars hope for a win at the Roar-EE invitational.

"We hope for a third victory in a row," Nyhus said. "Strategizing well and leaving the ball in good scoring position will be a deciding factor in the final results of the tournament."

The Roar-EE Invitational will conclude Saturday with a final round of 18 holes.

TEAM Leaderboard

Place School R1 R2 Total

1 BYU 324 314 638

2 Harvard 341 310 651

3 Yale 336 327 663

4 Princeton 344 325 669

5 Georgetown 346 327 673

6 Wofford 346 333 679

7 Columbia 337 344 681

8 St. John's 349 334 683

9 Towson 360 342 702

10 Siena College 363 352 715

11 Lehigh 365 356 721

12 Rutgers 358 366 724

13 Brown 373 360 733

14 Hofstra 374 363 737

BYU INDIVIDUAL Leaderboard

Place Player R1 R2 Total

1 Natalia Jimenez 77 76 153 +11

2 Juli Erekson 82 76 158 +16

T6 Jade Bollinger 83 79 162 +20

T10 Daphne Vines 82 83 165 +23

T23 Ashley Childers 86 84 170 +28

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