Team In 14th Place In NCAA Preview

Natalia Jimenez is tied for 16th after the first day of competition at the NCAA Preview in Albuquerque (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

Albuquerque, N.M. (September 24, 2007)?After the first round of the NCAA Fall Preview at New Mexico, the BYU women?s golf team is in a tie for14th place with a 12-over par 312 in the first day of the three-day event.

Junior Natalia Jimenez broke even on the day after picking up four birdies on the day on holes six and eight in the front nine and then on holes 11 and 18 on the back nine. She's tied for 16th place after the first day.

Juli Erekson, a senior from Chicopee, Mass., finished the day just behind Jimenez after shooting 2-over-par on the back nine and stayed even on the front nine to finish the day with a 2-over-par 75. Her score puts her tied for 36th place.

?We played with a lot of maturity and fought hard all the way through today,? said BYU head coach Sue Nyhus. ?I?m very pleased with how hard we worked, stayed tough and showed a lot of patience.?

Daphne Vines, from Austin, TX started out strong on the back nine with one bogie and two birdies, leaving her 1-over-par heading into the front nine where she was even on holes four, five, and six for a 4-over-par 77.

Ashley Childers finished the 18 holes with a 6-over-par 79 while teammate Sara Romero was 7-over-par 80.

?This is the strongest field we?ll compete against until we get to next year?s nationals,? added coach Nyhus.

On the day, Vines is tied for 54th, Childers is tied for 70th and Romero is tied for 80th place.

The Cougars are competing in a pool of 18 schools, including the top 12 finishers of last year?s NCAA championship and eight teams ranked in the top 10. Duke leads the pool with a 5-under par 287. Other MWC teams competing include New Mexico who is tied for 11th place, TCU is 17th and UNLV is 18.

On Tuesday?s second round, tee times will begin at 8 a.m. Cougar fans can follow the team with live stats available at

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