Cougars remain in 24th at NCAA Championship

Alexis Edwards fired a six-over 77 in Thursday's third round.

SUNRIVER -- BYU's women's golf team continued to battle, but stayed in 24th place at the 2005 NCAA Championship at the Sunriver Resort on Thursday.

BYU shot one stroke better than the second round, but it wasn't enough to move out of 24th place. The Cougars, who had a tough time with their short game, finished the day 32-over-par 316.

"This big lesson of this tournament has been that we've got to get better at our short game," BYU head coach Sue Nyhus said. "When things get tough, you've to have confidence in your short game."

Sophomore Rachel Newren moved up into a tie for 70th place after scoring a team-best 77. Fellow Sophomore Alexis Edwards also carded a six-over 77 for her best round of the tournament to move into a tie for 108th place. Juli Wightman and Margaret Wright both went 10-over-par on the day while Natalie Newren carded a 16-over-par 87.

The fourth and final round begins tomorrow at 9 a.m. for the Cougars as they rap up their historic appearance at the NCAA Championship.

"We're going to give it our all," Nyhus said. "All we can do is help ourselves."

BYU has a good chance of breaking several records for a 72-hole tournament. If BYU can score under 329 it can break the last 72-hole team record set back when the Cougars last played in an NCAA Championship in 1985. Rachel Newren could also break the BYU individual 72-hole record of 304 if she scores a 73 or under tomorrow.

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