Cougars make a move

BYU's Rachel Newren moved into 10th place individually at the NCAA Championship on Wednesday.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Behind the play of All-American Rachel Newren, No. 13 BYU climbed the leaderboard to 15th place after an improved second round at the 2007 NCAA Championship tournament on Wednesday at LPGA International Legends Course.

Winds were strong again for much of the day, but BYU persevered and muscled their way closer to the top 10. After the first nine holes the Cougars were in good position and started knocking on the top 10 door, but fell back at the beginning of their back nine. Thanks to a couple of birdies coming in, BYU moved into 15th place at 39 over par.

"We had a good second day but it could have been better," BYU head coach Sue Nyhus said. "It feels good to be moving up. This team made a lot of great shots today and I'm real proud of them."

The Cougars were three shots better than Tuesday and moved up three spots against the best teams in the nation thanks to a one-under-par 71 by Newren. The Mountain West Player of the Year was one of only eight individuals to turn in a sub-par scorecard on Wednesday as she vaulted herself into a tie for 10th place individually at four over par.

After making the turn at even par, Newren was stellar on her final nine holes and could have easily finished several under par. She finished her day with three birdies and two bogies on the challenging LPGA International course.

True freshman Daphne Vines continued her impressive performance. With a beautiful birdie on her last hole in front of an excited BYU gallery, Vines finished the day five-over-par and is now tied for 36th individually. Junior Ashley Childers carded a six-over-par 78 for the second day in a row thanks to a skillful 30-foot putt on her second-to-last hole. Juli Erekson with the fourth counting score for BYU as she came in the clubhouse with a eight-over-par 79.

No. 1 Duke moved into first place while eighth-ranked UCLA is seven shots back in second place. BYU is ten strokes out of the top 10 with still two rounds to play. The Cougars have a solid chance of becoming the best women's golf team in BYU history if it can finish 14th or better.

"There is still a lot of golf left to play out here and I know this team is still hungry," Nyhus said.

BYU tees off in the morning rounds on Thursday. Fans can follow the drama live on the internet at www.golfstat.com.

BYU INDIVIDUAL SCORES

T10. Rachel Newren 77-71--148 +4

T36. Daphne Vines 75-77--152 +8

T74. Ashley Childers 78-78--156 +12

T94. Juli Erekson 79-80--159 +15

T103. Danielle von Arnim 79-82--161 +17

TEAM SCORES

1 Duke (1) 300 287 587 +11

2 UCLA (8) 303 291 594 +18

3 Purdue (12) 303 294 597 +21

4 Stanford (10) 299 300 599 +23

5 Southern California (7) 295 306 601 +25

6 Georgia (3) 303 299 602 +26

7 Louisville (31) 297 306 603 +27

T8 Pepperdine (6) 306 299 605 +29

T8 Vanderbilt (4) 303 302 605 +29

T8 Arizona State (2) 307 298 605 +29

T11 TCU (18) 307 299 606 +30

T11 Wake Forest (17) 306 300 606 +30

13 Oklahoma State (9) 312 299 611 +35

14 Auburn (5) 309 304 613 +37

15 Brigham Young (13) 309 306 615 +39

T16 Michigan State (23) 310 307 617 +41

T16 UC Irvine (25) 303 314 617 +41

T18 North Carolina (21) 297 321 618 +42

T18 Arizona (16) 304 314 618 +42

20 New Mexico (20) 305 314 619 +43

21 Tennessee 14) 311 313 624 +48

22 Denver (15) 302 324 626 +50

23 Alabama (24) 314 319 633 +57

24 Indiana (38) 320 318 638 +62

(National Rankings in Parentheses)

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