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Cougars tie for fourth at Mercedes-Benz Collegiate, Dalton records top-20 finish

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — BYU women’s golf tied for fourth place at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate, while senior Kendra Dalton recorded a top-20 finish on Tuesday at the Cherokee Country Club.

“I thought we had a solid round today,” BYU head coach Carrie Roberts said. “We got off to a really good start, which shows our potential. This should give us some confidence heading into our next event.”

The Cougars’ best round of the tournament came on Tuesday. BYU women’s golf shot 2-over as a team in the third round to finish the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate at 10-over-par. Illinois took first place, shooting a tournament record 12-under.

Dalton carded a third-round 72 (+1) to tie for 14th place. The senior finished the tournament at 1-under to claim her first top-20 finish of the 2017-18 campaign. Rose Huang also posted a top-20 performance. Huang tied for 19th place, finishing the event at 1-over.  Dalton and Huang birdied a combined five holes on Tuesday.

Anna Kennedy fired a 74-73-72 to shoot 6-over at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate. The sophomore finished in 33rd place and birdied holes 3, 7, 11 and 15 in round three.

Finishing in 52nd place on Monday, Aiko Leong shot 1-under to move to 34th place on Tuesday. Leong fired the lowest round of any Cougar on Tuesday and birdied six holes.

Annie Yang and Naomi Soifua tied for 68th place at 15-over.

BYU women's golf will travel to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on Sept. 25-26 to participate in the Coeur d'Alene Resort Collegiate Invitational hosted by West Coast Conference foe Gonzaga.

Day 1 Recap

Mercedes-Benz Collegiate - Sept. 18-19, 2017

Cherokee Country Club

PlacePlayerRound 1Round 2Round 3TotalTo-Par
T14Kendra Dalton746672212-1
T19Rose Huang727072214+1
33Anna Kennedy747372219+6
T34Aiko Leong737770220+7
T68Annie Yang718176228+15
T68Naomi Soifua*787773228+15

*Competed as an individual

PlaceTeamRound 1Round 2Round 3TotalTo-Par
2Kent State278282281841-11
T7Wake Forest289292284865+13
10NC State297289293879+27
11East Tennessee St.309290284883+31
13Eastern Kentucky298303290891+39
14Coastal Carolina295293305893+41