ALBUQUERQUE -- The Cougars finished the second round of the Dick McGuire tied for sixth place, shooting six strokes lower than the first round.
True freshman Rachel Newren led BYU with two birdies and an eagle in the back nine, shooting a three-under-par (70). Freshman Alexis Edwards, who is playing as an individual, placed in the top 15 with a two-under-par for the second round (71).
"We had some great play out of our freshmen," head coach Sue Nyhus. "I'm pleased with their improvement from the first round."
Newren opened the back nine with a bogey, but finished up with an eagle. She made progress, shooting ten strokes better than the first round.
As a team, the Cougars shot eleven-over-par, only one stroke behind fifth-place Texas Tech. Another significant leader in the second round was junior Margaret Gibby, who shot one-over-par and two birdies in the front nine. Gibby improved from the first round by four strokes and hopes to continue playing consistently for the final round.
"Margaret played steady today and moved up among the ranks," Nyhus said. "We have a couple of players competing well, but we're hoping to put an even better round together tomorrow."
A few players struggled down the stretch, having a tough time in the front nine. Senior Nicole Newren-Chandler and junior Natalie Newren both tied at 52 and sophomore Catalina Guacaneme finished the second round in 59th place.
"We're just looking forward to a strong finish tomorrow," Nyhus said.
Round two of the three-round Dick McGuire Invitational continues tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 26, with tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Complete results can be seen on www.golfstat.com.
T14 Alexis Edwards * +3 78-71-149
T23 Rachel Newren +4 78-74-152
T30 Margaret Gibby +6 78-74-152
T52 Catalina Guacaneme +11 75-82-157
T52 Natalie Newren +11 77-80-157
T58 Nicole Newren-Chandler +12 79-79-158
*indicates player competing as an individual
T6 BYU +28 309-303-612