Rachel Newren continues her strong play the the MWC Championship
SUNRIVER -- BYU women's golfer Rachel Newren sits just one stroke back of the lead at the Mountain West Conference Championship, setting the stage for a final-round dual to take home the Cougars' first individual conference title in 13 years.
Newren finished the day one-over par and remained just one stroke behind first-round leader Elena Kurokawa of UNLV heading into Saturday's final round.
If Newren can post a strong score in the final round she could become BYU's first individual medalist in a conference championship since Sharon Probst in 1992.
"She's really carrying this team right now," Nyhus said. "She's doing an outstanding job. I just wish we could get a little more support from the rest of the team."
Senior Natalie Newren posted a second-round 75 to move up to 17th place while fellow senior Margaret Gibby-Wright is tied for 14th place after going four-over on the day. Sophomore Alexis Edwards is tied for 17th at 13-over-par and Juli Wightman is in 22nd place at 16-over-par.
The Cougars were not able to make up any ground on Colorado State during Friday's second round and remain in fourth place.
The 25th-ranked and defending conference champion Rebels posted a 14-over 298 Friday and have a two-day total of 592. UNLV saw their five-stroke advantage narrow to one, as the 14th-ranked Lobos fired the day's lowest round with a 10-over 294. New Mexico has a 36-hole team score of 594. Colorado State remains third with a team score of 600, followed by BYU in fourth (605), San Diego State fifth (625) and Wyoming sixth (649).
BYU, who finished in third last season, will look to make up ground during tomorrow's final round.
"We'll be in the first wave in the morning, so I want us to go out and post a good scare to put a scare in the other teams," Nyhus said. "If we can get off to a good start it might put a little pressure on the other teams."
1. UNLV 295-298=593 (+25)
2. New Mexico 300-294=594 (+26)
3. Colorado State 302-298=600 (+32)
4. BYU 304-301=605 (+37)
5. San Diego State 316-309=625 (+57)
6. Wyoming 332-317=649 (+81)
1. Elena Kurokawa, UNLV 69-73=142 (E)
2. Rachel Newren, BYU 70-73=143 (+1)
3. Christine Fernandez, New Mexico 72-72=146 (+4)
4. Kristen Campos, Colorado State 73-74=147 (+5)
Jamie Oliver, San Diego State 74-73=147 (+5)
6. Hwanhee Lee, UNLV 73-75=148 (+6)
7. Trisha Quick, Colorado State 77-72=149 (+7)
Ashley Rollins,New Mexico 78-71=149 (+7)
9. Seema Sadekar, UNLV 76-74=150 (+8)
10. Lynette Duran, Colorado State 75-76=151 (+9)
Christine Spence, New Mexico 72-79=151 (+9)
14. Margaret Gibby-Wright, BYU 78-75=153 (+11)
17. Natalie Newren, BYU 80-75=155 (+13)
17. Alexis Edwards, BYU 77-78=155 (+13)
22. Juli Wightman, BYU 79-79=158 (+16)