Cougars in fourth after day one of Dixie Classic

ST. GEORGE -- Thanks to an impressive first round, Brigham Young University is in fourth place at the 19th annual Dixie Classic at Entrada at Snow Canyon on Monday.

The Cougars scored their second best opening round of the season (300) on the challenging Entrada at Snow Canyon course. As afternoon winds picked up, so did the scores and Cougars finished the day with a second round 314.

"I thought we played excellent golf in the first 18 holes," BYU head coach Sue Nyhus said. "We're an excellent ball-striking team that needs to continue to improve our putting."

The Cougars were led by the steady play of Junior Natalie Newren. Newren ended the day tied for eigth after scoring a pair of 75s.

"I was really impressed with the way Natalie (Newren) played today," BYU assitant head coach Dave DeSantis said. "She was very consistent and was hitting the ball very well."

Natalie's two siblings Rachel and Nicole also had strong outings. Rachel, who battled through a shoulder injury all day, was eight-over-par (75-77). Competing in her first Dixie Classic, Rachel sits in 14th place while Nicole finished the day two strokes back and in 16th place. Margaret Gibby was 16-over-par and tied for 32nd place while freshman Alexis Edwards was in 47th place and 19 over.

Defending champion UNLV made a statement in the second round shooting a blistering 291 to jump into a 15 stroke lead after trailing second-place San Francisco by two stokes in the first round. UNLV was led by individual leader Sunny Oh, who holds a four-stroke lead at two-under par.

The 57th-ranked Cougars trail conference rival No. 43 San Diego State (Third place) by three strokes heading into the final round. The University of San Francisco, ranked No. 32 holds a 12-shot advantage over the Cougars. UNLV, the highest ranked team in the field of 13 teams at No. 21, hopes to continue its hot streak during Tuesday's final round.

Follow the tournament with live updates and scoring at www.golfstat.com throughout Tuesday's third and final round. Players will tee off at 8:10 Mountain Standard Time on Tuesday

TEAM LEADERS

1 UNLV +11 296 291 587

2 San Francisco +26 294 308 602

3 San Diego State +35 297 314 611

4 Brigham Young +38 300 314 614

5 Colorado State +45 318 303 621

6 Portland State +50 314 312 626

7 Nevada +55 317 314 631

8 Weber State +63 323 316 639

9 Hawaii +64 322 318 640

10 Colorado +65 320 321 641

11 Long Beach St. +73 314 335 649

12 Montana State +76 320 332 652

13 Wyoming +104 346 334 680

INDIVIDUAL SCORES

1 Sunny Oh, UNLV -2 70 72 142

T2 Heather MacRae, Diego State +2 71 75 146

T2 Seema Sadekar, UNLV +2 73 73 146

T4 Dale Gammie, Hawaii +3 71 76 147

T4 Dawna Virdell, Colorado State +3 76 71 147

6 Hannah Hoch, Colorado +4 76 72 148

7 Mariko Shimozaki, San Francisco +5 73 76 149

T8 Natalie Newren, Brigham Young +6 75 75 150

T8 Jenna Wilson, San Diego State +6 70 80 150

T10 Jordan Auten, San Francisco +7 72 79 151

T10 Nikki Jacoby, San Francisco +7 74 77 151

T10 Kristi Larsen, San Francisco +7 75 76 151

T10 Rebecca Randolph, Portland State +7 73 78 151

T14 Hwanhee Lee, UNLV +8 77 75 152

T14 Rachel Newren, Brigham Young +8 75 77 152

16 Lynette Duran, Colorado State +9 80 73 153

T17 Nicole de Gennaro, Nevada +10 78 76 154

T17 Shayna Miyajima, San Diego State +10 75 79 154

T17 Nicole Newren-Chandler, Brigham Young +10 73 81 154

T17 Sara Odelius, Hawaii +10 81 73 154

T17 Young Pak, UNLV +10 76 78 154

T22 Christine Hentzner, UNLV +12 74 82 156

T22 Lynsey Myers, Weber State Univ. +12 76 80 156

T24 Margaret Garehime, Colorado State +13 78 79 157

T24 Erin LaPlaunt, Nevada +13 79 78 157

T24 Amy Mombert, Weber State +13 81 76 157

T27 Marci Hoover, Weber State +14 81 77 158

T27 Marie Louise Juul, Long Beach State +14 76 82 158

T27 Toni Lutz, San Diego State +14 77 81 158

T30 Alana Condon, Nevada +15 78 81 159

T30 Kayla Morrison, Wyoming +15 81 78 159

T32 Margaret Gibby, Brigham Young +16 77 83 160

T32 Lisa Kajihara, Portland State +16 79 81 160

T32 Erica Leslie, Montana State +16 77 83 160

T32 Danielle Reilly, Portland State +16 85 75 160

T32 Eloise Vicencio, Long Beach State +16 78 82 160

47 T46 Alexis Edwards, Brigham Young +19 82 81 163