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BYU women claim second place at The Gold Rush

LONG BEACH, Calif. —  Behind top-20 finishes from Naomi Soifua, Kendra Dalton and Rose Huang, No. 45 BYU women’s golf placed second on Tuesday at The Gold Rush. With the runner-up finish, BYU women’s golf records its best finish of the 2017-18 season.

"I am encouraged by our play in the last two rounds," BYU head coach Carrie Roberts said. "We shot ourselves out of it in the first round, but I loved the way we battled back."

After firing the lowest team score (+5) in the second round, the Cougars shot +7 in the final round to claim second place at +24. Georgia recorded the victory, shooting +19 as a team through 54 holes. WCC foes Santa Clara and Gonzaga finished in ninth place and 13th place, respectively.

Soifua led the Cougars in round three, carding a team-low 72. The freshman tied for seventh place at The Gold Rush to record her best finish as a Cougar. She finished the event at +6.

Dalton and Huang tied for 12th place, both shooting +8 in the 54-hole event. Dalton fired a final-round 73, while Huang carded a 74.

Anna Kennedy and Annie Yang both shot +12 in three rounds of play. Kennedy shot a 76 on Tuesday, while Yang fired an 80. The pair tied for 30th place.

The Cougars will continue their spring season on Feb. 26-27 at The Rebel Beach hosted by UNLV.

The Gold Rush - Feb. 12-13, 2018
El Dorado Golf Course

PlacePlayerRound 1Round 2Round 3TotalTo-Par
T7Naomi Soifua787272222+6
T12Kendra Dalton737873224+8
T12Rose Huang747674224+8
T30Anna Kennedy807276228+12
T30Annie Yang757380228+12


PlaceTeamRound 1Round 2Round 3TotalTo-Par
2No. 45 BYU300293295888+24
3Colorado State297295300892+28
4Long Beach State290309294893+29
T5Sacramento State302297300899+35
7UC Irvine292307307906+42
8Fresno State296310305911+47
9Santa Clara306305302913+49
10Cal Poly310312294916+52
T11Boise State305314316935+71
14Boston College315312322949+85