Golfers Steadily Improve

Senior Natalia Jimenez helped the Cougars to a 10th place finish at the Dick McGuire Invitational. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Sept. 20. 2008) – The Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational came to a close on Saturday as the BYU women’s golf team displayed gradual improvement over the course of the three-day tournament.

The Cougars effectively cut down the number of strokes in each round by two, finishing each round at +17, +15 and +13 to end the competition at +45, good for 10th place in the field of 16 teams.

“We did well today,” said head coach Sue Nyhus. “We played better everyday and we’re making progress. Although we’re not clicking on all cylinders, we’re a young team with talent and played well against strong competition.”

Freshman Maggie Yuan showed off her capabilities by ending play at +11 in a tie for the No. 35 individual ranking. She made a birdie on Hole 7 and finished the day at +3 76.

Sophomore Jade Bollinger was consistent throughout the tournament finishing rounds two and three at +3 76 and +11 overall for a tie at No. 35.

Senior leader Natalia Jimenez struggled in round three but was able to birdie holes 1 and 18. She completed the field in a tie for No. 39 at +12.

The traveling team is put together according to performance in practice and different qualifying tournaments to see where the golfers score and determine who is playing the best golf.

Shayla Forsey and Sara Romero also competed for the Cougars while junior Camille Gardner played individually on the side.

“I’m enjoying working with the team,” Nyhus said. “This course has big, tough greens and we weren’t able to practice too much for it, but we played better each day and I’m excited for our future tournaments.”

The field

New Mexico 1 -4

Pepperdine 2 E

UNLV 3 +13

UC Davis 4 +18

Colorado State 5 +22

Colorado 6 +23

Campbell 7 +29

Texas 8 +32

Indiana 9 +38

Brigham Young 10 +45

TCU 11 +46

Wyoming 12 +51

San Diego State 13 +53

New Mexico State 14 +56

UTEP 15 +70

Hawaii 16 +74

BYU +45 (309-307-305--921)

T35 M. Yuan 81-73-76--230 +11

T35 J. Bollinger 78-76-76--230 +11

T39 N. Jimenez 77-77-77--231 +12

T47 S. Forsey 76-81-76--233 +14

T84 S. Romero 78-82-86--246 +27

T81 C. Gardner* 80-83-81--244 +25

*Golfing independently