Gardner Leads the Cougars Into the Final Round

TACOMA -- After carding a three-over-par 76 (74-76--150) on Tuesday, senior Jessica Gardner leads the Cougars into the third and final round of Washington's Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.

BYU shot 308 (300-308--608) in the second round to move them back to a sixth place position only four shots back of the top five. BYU's 308 was only eight shots back of the lowest team score in today's round.

"We played well," said head golf coach Sue Nyhus. "We just slipped a little at the end on the last couple of holes."

Gardner's two-day total of 150 puts her tied for 14th. Sophomores Margaret Gibby and Natalie Newren shot 75 (76-75--151) and 79 (75-79--154) to put themselves tied for 18th and 26th. Freshman Symantha Mendenhall carded a 78 (77-78--155) to be tied for 29th position. And junior Nicole Newren battled an 84 (75-84--159) to move back to tied for 40th position.

Sophomore Nicole Newren and freshman Symantha Mendenhall struggled with their swings today and were able to work things out on the range after the round, Nyhus said.

"Nicole and Symantha are ready to bounce back tomorrow and play a great round," Nyhus said.

The Cougars have an 8:30 a.m. tee time on Wednesday for the third and final round of the tournament. BYU will be paired with Cal-Berkley and UCLA.

"I feel great about our pairing," Nyhus said. "We should play well with these two teams."

USC's Becky Lucidi continues to lead the tournament individually at four-under-par only one shot ahead of Pepperdine's Katherine Hull.

Fin. Team Scores

1 Southern California 292-301--593 +9

2 Washington, U. of 296-304--600 +16

Pepperdine Univ. 300-300--600 +16

4 California, U. of 299-303--602 +18

5 UCLA 303-301--604 +20

6 Brigham Young Univ. 300-308--608 +24

7 Stanford University 307-304--611 +27

8 Oregon State U. 301-313--614 +30

9 San Francisco, U. of 314-306--620 +36

10 Long Beach State 315-308--623 +39

11 Oregon, U. of 312-315--627 +43

Fin. BYU Players Scores

T 14 Jessica Gardner 74-76--150

T 18 Margaret Gibby 76-75--151

T 26 Natalie Newren 75-79--154

T 29 Symantha Mendenhall 77-78--155

T 40 Nicole Newren 75-84--159