(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
FORT COLLINS -- The Brigham Young University women’s golf team is competing well at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic hosted by Colorado State University.
On a chilly day on the Front Range of Fort Collins, team-leading senior Natalia Jimenez finished round 1 at –1 71, good for a tie in 9th place. After hitting a bogey on hole 7 she recovered by shooting birdies on holes 8 and 14 and hitting par on every other hole.
“We started a little slow but we were doing well on the fourth and fifth holes and were showing promise,” said BYU head coach Sue Nyhus. “Natalia is playing well and showing why she’s trusted among the team.”
Sophomore Sara Romero finished the first round at +2 74 after she birdied holes 3 and 14 but shot bogeys on holes 8, 9, 10 and 17. She is currently in a tie for the No. 24 spot. Freshman Maggie Yuan is seeing action in her debut for the Cougars as she finished the opening round at +4 when she had a solid front nine but hit a double bogey on hole 7. She was able to make par on her final seven holes.
“Sara Romero is having a breakthrough and playing some good golf,” Nyhus said. “Maggie is also showing us a few things she can do for us.”
The team took some time to adjust to the cooler temperatures,
“It’s a cold and blustery day out here,” Nyhus said. “That’s not typical for a tournament in early September.”
Sophomore Jade Bollinger and junior Shayla Forsey are also competing and shot respective rounds of +10 82 and +9 81.
The Cougars will complete the second round on Monday afternoon and the final round on Tuesday.