Gibby shoots personal best in first round

CHULA VISTA -- After playing from sunrise to sunset at the Lady Aztec Invitational, the BYU women's golf team maintain fourth place with junior Margaret Gibby leading the way.

The Cougars played 36 holes Monday and got off to a great start in round one, shooting just seven-over-par. Gibby led the pack with a personal-best 69 (-3) in the first round and is tied for third place. She sunk two eagles in round one, and barely missed a putt for another eagle.

"I saw a lot of maturity out on the course today," BYU coach Sue Nyhus said. "We made a lot of key putts and the girls gave it all they had."

Round two gave BYU a challenge as the team shot 305 and dropped two strokes behind third-place Nevada. Host San Diego State leads the tournament at eight-over-par and Colorado State sits right behind in second.

Junior Natalie Newren shot a five-over-par through two rounds and held on to 12th place (+5). Senior Nicole Newren-Chandler also stayed steady through two rounds, tying at 15th place (+6) and a stroke behind her sister.

"I was proud that the girls gave a 100 percent all day long," Nyhus said. "I couldn't ask anymore of them."

Freshmen Alexis Edwards and Rachel Newren tied at 39th place (+13) after two rounds and look to improve their score in the final round.

The BYU men's golf team are also competing in southern Calif. at the Barona Collegiate Cup and rank in 8 th place after only one round of golf. The field was unable to finish the second round because of darkness and will conclude the second 18-holes and finish with the final round on Tuesday.

The women's golf team will finish the third and final round on Tuesday with an early 8 a.m. start.

The Auld Course measures 6,021 yards and has a par of 72.

Fin. School Scores

1 San Diego State Univ 293 291 584 +8

2 Colorado State Univ. 289 306 595 +19

3 Nevada, U. of 298 300 598 +22

4 Brigham Young Univ. 295 305 600 +24

5 Colorado, U. of 303 305 608 +32

6 CSU-Northridge 295 314 609 +33

7 Santa Clara Univ. 303 307 610 +34

8 San Diego State JV 316 304 620 +44

9 Northern Arizona U. 312 310 622 +46

10 Western Washington U 312 314 626 +50

11 Wyoming, U. of 317 310 627 +51

12 UC - Riverside 314 324 638 +62

13 Western New Mexico 325 315 640 +64

14 Cal Poly 322 322 644 +68

15 CSU-Chico State 322 334 656 +80

16 Sacramento State U. 323 334 657 +81

17 CSU-San Marcos 337 325 662 +86

18 Redlands 331 333 664 +88

19 CSU-Monterey Bay 335 333 668 +92

20 McNeese State Univ. 343 326 669 +93

21 Grand Canyon U. 347 344 691 +115

BYU Individuals

4 Brigham Young Univ. 295 305 600

T 3 Margaret Gibby 69 76 145 +1

T 12 Natalie Newren 74 75 149 +5

T 15 Nicole N.-Chandler 75 75 150 +6

T 39 Alexis Edwards 77 80 157 +13

T 39 Rachel Newren 78 79 157 +13