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Sophomore Sara Romero helped the Cougars achieve a ninth-place finish after Round 1 of the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

SAMMAMMISH -- After two finishes at No. 10 overall in its first two tournaments of the season, the BYU women’s golf team looks to build on experience and place high at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at the Sahalee Country Club.

Led by senior Natalia Jimenez, who currently is in first place after Round one at even-par 72, the Cougars are in ninth place overall in a field of 13 teams. Jimenez made only one birdie on Hole 2 in the front nine, but came back strong in the back nine to score birdies on holes 10, 13 and 18. She bogeyed four holes on the day.

Freshman Maggie Yuan continues to show signs of improvement in her one-month tenure as a Cougar as she is currently tied for the No. 30 spot at +7 79. She finished the tournament well, making birdies on holes 17 and 18.

Sara Romero, a sophomore out of Bogota, Colombia, is tied for No. 44 after a ten-over-par 82 effort on the day. Junior Shayla Forsey and sophomore Jade Bollinger are also competing well for the Cougars.

Oregon, Stanford and Oregon State are the top teams with Cal and host Washington following closely. BYU is leading MWC foe New Mexico by one stroke.

Rebecca Durham of Stanford and Monika Graf and Kendra Little out of Oregon are closely pursuing Jimenez for the No. 1 spot individually.

Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational

The field

1 Oregon +11

2 Stanford +15

3 Oregon State +18

4 California +22

5 Washington +22

6 Idaho +27

7 Long Beach State +28

8 New Mexico State +29

9 Brigham Young +30

10 New Mexico +31

11 San Francisco +33

12 Washington State +36

13 Eastern Washington +42

BYU +30 318

1 N. Jimenez 72 E

T30 M. Yuan 79 +7

T44 S. Romero 82 +10

T57 J. Bollinger 85 +13

T63 S. Forsey 87 +15

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