Freshman Kelsey Vines was 2-under-par to pace the Cougars on Tuesday at the Bruin Wave Invitational. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
MALIBU -- Freshman Kelsey Vines helped the BYU women’s golf team move up the leader board Tuesday at the Bruin Wave Invitational. The Cougars gained one spot to place 16th in the field behind Vines’ second-round 70.
“I could tell that the girls felt more comfortable out there today and played better,” said BYU head coach Robbie Bosco. “Kelsey played really well. She was putting well all day and had three or four birdie opportunities that just lipped out in addition to the three birdies she had. We’re looking forward to improving even more tomorrow.”
After going +8 in first-round action on Monday, Vines owned the Robinson Ranch Course on Tuesday with three birdies in her two-under-par round. Vines was one of only a handful of golfers in the field of 95 to post a score under par in round two. Her two-day total of +6 has her tied for 30th overall.
In a field featuring 11 ranked teams, including five squads ranked in the top 10, the Cougars find themselves 62 strokes over par after bettering their day-one score by eight shots. No team is under par at the event as No. 1 UCLA leads the pack at even par.
Junior Jade Bollinger notched the second-best Cougar round of the day as she went +8. Junior Emily Copier was right behind at +9 while senior Shayla Forsey was 12 strokes over par. Sophomore Maggie Yuan, who led BYU going into the day, was +4 over the first eight holes but struggled on the final 10 to finish the round +15.
The Cougars will conclude action at the tournament on Wednesday.