Finishing in 14th Place

Natalia Jimenez led the Cougars at the NCAA Fall Preview (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The Cougars finished 14th in the NCAA Fall Preview Wednesday afternoon, where an 8-over-par final round finished off the 304-303-300--907 tournament.

It was BYU's first appearance in the prestigious tournament, which includes 18 of the nation's top collegiate women's golf programs. The Cougars entered the tournament coming off of the program's second best finish, claiming 17th in the NCAA Championship last season.

"We had a pretty good showing for our first time invited to the Preview," BYU head coach Sue Nhyus said. "It was a good effort from everybody and the entire team contributed. We learned a lot at this event, and it is a good warm up for nationals."

Natalia Jimenez, a junior from Bogota, Columbia, led the team throughout the tournament. She finished the first round even, setting the tone for her performance throughout the tournament, finishing with a 5-over, 73-76-75--224.

Jimenez was backed up with solid performances from Ashley Childers, Juli Erekson and Daphne Vines. Childers started off rocky finishing 6-over-par in the first round, but she improved throughout the tournament with a 1-over second round and a 2-over final round.

Erekson finished 75-76-78--229 and Vines finished 77-79-74--230 leading the Cougars in the final round with her 1-over-par day.

Three Mountain West Conference foes joined BYU in the Fall Preview. New Mexico, who hosted the tournament, tied for 12th place, while TCU finished two strokes behind BYU in 15th place and UNLV finished 18th.

BYU will next compete Oct. 8-9 in Sammamish, Wash., in the Edean Ihlandeldt Invitational.

Cougar Scores

T35 Natalia Jimenez 73-76-75--224 +5

T55 Ashley Childers 79-74-75--228 +9

T58 Juli Erekson 75-76-78--228 +10

T61 Daphne Vines 77-79-74--230 +11

T74 Sara Romero 80-77-76--233 +14

Team Scores

1 Duke 287-286-287--860 -16

2 USC 292-285-284--861 -15

3 UCLA 291-294-285--870 -6

4 ASU 295-287-292--874 -2

5 Vanderbilt 295-298-288--881 +5

T6 Auburn 298-299-288--885 +9

T6 Arizona 298-292-295--885 +9

T8 NMU 300-291-297--888 +12

T8 Purdue 298-288-302--888 +12

T10 Georgia 304-295-293--892 +16

T10 OSU 296-301-295--892 +16

12 Pepperdine 296-292-305--893 +17

13 Wake Forest 300-298-296--894 +18

14 BYU 304-303-300--907 +31

15 TCU 305-304-300--909 +33

16 Louisville 304-306-303--913 +37

17 Stanford 301-312-309--922 +46

18 UNLV 315-308-306--929 +53

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