Cougars Move to 18th

Ashley Childers carded a strong third round 77 to help the Cougars stay in 18th place at the NCAA Championship on Thursday.

DAYTONA BEACH -- No. 13 BYU carded its highest score of the tournament and moved back to 18th place amidst gusty conditions on LPGA International at the NCAA Championship on Thursday.

After coming off the golf course late Wednesday, BYU returned to the golf course early Thursday morning where fatigue and windy conditions slowed the Cougars charge toward the top 10. Putts weren't falling and shots were being blown off target as BYU moved three spots backward in the all-important third round.

"Because we don't often play or practice in the wind, windy conditions usually give us some trouble," BYU head coach Sue Nyhus said. "We just didn't adjust as well to the wind today as we did yesterday. I really thought we were going to handle the conditions better today."

The Cougars got two very good scores from true freshman Daphne Vines and their No. 5 player Ashley Childers but their veteran, more experienced golfers struggled to stay bogey free on the day. The biggest surprise for BYU was All-American Rachel Newren's nine-over-par 81. The Mountain West Conference Player of the Year hasn't carded a round in the 80s all season and hasn't been nine-over par since the fall of 2005. Newren moved from 10th place to a tie for 42nd place after round three.

Meanwhile Childers has been a pleasant surprise for the Cougars as she moved into a tie for 68th place individually thanks to a five-over-par 77 on Thursday. Childers was a late season replacement for BYU's No. 2 golfer Natalia Jimenez and has played well for three straight rounds. Vines has also played steady golf all tournament long and is the low Cougar after three days of golf at 12-over par. She is tied for 36th place after posting a four-over-par 76.

"Daphne (Vines) and Ashley (Childers) really played well for us today," Nyhus said. "If we can get four good scores tomorrow instead of two we can make one final move forward and finish strong. This is a talented team and we all know we can play better than we did today."

The Cougars are just one shot out of 16th place, but would love to finish 14th or higher to earn the best NCAA finish in BYU history. BYU's last appearance in the NCAA Championship ended with a 24th place finish in 2005 while its previous appearance in 1985 resulted in a 14th place finish--BYU's best ever. No. 2 Arizona State and Arizona are tied for 13th place, 14 strokes better than the Cougars.

For tomorrow's fourth and final round, BYU will tee off at 9 a.m. EST on hole No. 10. It will be the final round in a BYU uniform for seniors Danielle von Arnim and All-American Rachel Newren. Fans can follow their final rounds at www.golfstat.com.

BYU INDIVIDUAL SCORES

T42. Rachel Newren 77-71-81--229 +13

T36. Daphne Vines 75-77-76--228 +12

T68. Ashley Childers 78-78-77--233 +17

T104. Danielle von Arnim 79-82-81--242 +26

T113. Juli Erekson 79-80-87--246 +30

TEAM SCORES

1 Duke 300 287 293 880 +16

2 Purdue 303 294 291 888 +24

3 UCLA 303 291 299 893 +29

4 Georgia 303 299 300 902 +38

T5 Vanderbilt 303 302 298 903 +39

T5 Stanford 299 300 304 903 +39

T7 Pepperdine 306 299 300 905 +41

T7 Southern California 295 306 304 905 +41

9 TCU 307 299 300 906 +42

10 Louisville 297 306 307 910 +46

11 Wake Forest 306 300 306 912 +48

12 Auburn 309 304 300 913 +49

T13 Arizona 304 314 298 916 +52

T13 Arizona State 307 298 311 916 +52

15 Oklahoma State 312 299 310 921 +57

T16 North Carolina 297 321 311 929 +65

T16 Michigan State 310 307 312 929 +65

18 Brigham Young 309 306 315 930 +66

19 Tennessee 311 313 308 932 +68

20 UC Irvine 303 314 316 933 +69

21 Denver 302 324 311 937 +73

22 New Mexico 305 314 320 939 +75

23 Alabama 314 319 319 952 +88

24 Indiana University 320 318 323 961 +97

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