Jimenez Leads Cougars at Mountain West Conference Championships

Junior Natalia Jimenez sits tied for 3rd place at the MWC Championships. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

ALBUQUERQUE -- After one round at the Mountain West Conference Championships, the BYU women's golf team sits in second place at 15-over-par. The Cougars battled a challenging course and tough weather conditions in the first round, but remain in contention for a top finish.

"Our team is playing well and is poised to push New Mexico for the championship," BYU head coach Sue Nyhus said. "We look forward to the chance to compete again tomorrow."

Junior Natalia Jimenez leads all Cougars and is tied for third place with a score of one-over-par 74. Throughout the day, she shot three birdies--one on the front nine and two on the back. Sophomore Daphne Vines follows Jimenez tied for ninth place at 4-over-par. BYU was the only team to have all five golfers score under 80 in the first round.

The Mountain West Conference Championship is a 54-hole tournament featuring seven teams, including No. 22 New Mexico, No. 47 UNLV and No. 27 TCU. It is being held at the par-73 University of New Mexico Championship course. Tournament tees are set at 6,167.

"We are looking forward to better weather and better scores tomorrow," Nyhus said.

The Mountain West Conference Tournament continues Friday and Saturday with 18 holes each day. Tee-times begin at 8:30 a.m. MST.

TEAM Leaderboard

Place School To Par Today R1 Total

1 New Mexico +6 +6 298 298

2 BYU +15 +15 307 307

3 UNLV +16 +16 308 308

4 Wyoming +27 +27 319 319

T5 TCU +32 +32 324 324

T5 Colorado State +32 +32 324 324

7 San Diego State +34 +34 326 326

INDIVIDUAL Leaderboard

Place Player To Par Today R1 Total

T3 Natalia Jimenez +1 +1 74 74

T9 Daphne Vines +4 +4 77 77

T11 Jade Bollinger +5 +5 78 78

T11 Ashley Childers +5 +5 78 78

T14 Juli Erekson +6 +6 79 79

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