Cougars Take on Tough Course on Day Two

Rachel Newren is second in the Invitational with seven birdies through two rounds. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

SAHALEE C.C., Wash. (Oct. 5, 2004)--Behind every dark cloud is a ray of sunshine. The Sahalee Country Club golf course has been covered by clouds each morning delaying the start of the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, but by late morning the fog dissipates and the golfing begins. The sun always breaks through the clouds.

Such is the disposition of the members of the BYU women's golf team. They could be dark and gloomy about the tournament, but instead they look at the Invitational as an opportunity to grow.

"We're learning and getting better," BYU Coach Sue Nyhus said. "This is an extremely tough course."

The par 72, 6,192 yard course has been causing havoc for all the teams involved in the tournament. Oklahoma State leads the tournament with a 21-over performance, hardly the norm for the highly-ranked team.

The average score for the tournament has been a 79.4, which is higher than most of the BYU golfers. The difficult course is causing the golfers to take extra shots.

"Any time you miss a shot, you pay for it on this course," Nyhus said. "Every hole is demanding."

But as Nyhus preaches to her team, playing this course is an opportunity to learn and get better.

And the Cougars did improve during the second round. Senior Margaret Gibby carded a respectable 75 during the second round to finish the day in a tie for No. 15. She knocked two strokes off her first round score.

The Newren sisters both cut four strokes off their first round performances.

Rachel is second in the tournament with seven birdies, including six during today's round.

Juli Wightman and Ashley Childers continue to play beyond their years. Wightman finished the day at No. 51 and Childers carded a solid second round to tie for No. 36.

While the Cougars improved from the first round to the second round, they are also anxious to improve again during the third round.

"We're just planning on playing better tomorrow," Nyhus said.

The final round of the Invitation can be followed live on golfstat.com. The Cougars tee off at 9:10 a.m. PT.

Fin.  School          Score

1 Oklahoma State 296-301--597 (+21)

2 Oregon, U. of 300-304--604 (+28)

3 Southern Calif. 304-301--605 (+29)

4 Pepperdine 298-316--614 (+38)

5 Washington St. 310-305--615 (+39)

6 Washington 310-307--617 (+41)

7 Stanford 308-312--620 (+44)

8 San Francisco 318-304--622 (+46)

9 UNLV 318-307--625 (+49)

10 Brigham Young 314-313--627 (+51)

11 California 320-308--628 (+52)

12 Long Beach St. 320-329--649 (+73)

13 Oregon State U. 334-323--657 (+81)

14 Stirling (Scotland) 344-343--687 (+111)

BYU Individual Results

Fin. Golfer Score

T15 Margaret Gibby 77-75--152 (+8)

T34 Rachel Newren 81-77--158 (+14)

T36 Ashley Childers 78-81--159 (+15)

51 Juli Wightman 78-84--162 (+18)

T57 Natalie Newren 84-80--164 (+20)

71 participants

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