Cougars in Third at MWC Championship
BEND -- BYU's women's golf team got off to a good start and is in third place after the first round of the Mountain West Conference Championship on Thursday.
After a four-hour snow delay and a change of venue due to weather conditions, UNLV leads after the first round of the 2003 Mountain West Conference Women's Golf Championship played at Awbrey Glen Golf Club (Par 72/6,110) in Bend, Ore. The Rebels have a four-shot lead over second place Colorado State who finished with an 18-hole total of 309. BYU is currently third at 314, followed by New Mexico (316), San Diego State (321) and Wyoming (335).
Needing a good showing to qualify for the NCAA West Regional, the Cougars stepped up their play with a solid first round. BYU was led by true freshman Symantha Mendenhall and Danielle Von Arnim. Both finished the day five-over and tied for sixth place. All five Cougars are among the top 20 individuals with sophomores Margaret Gibby and Natalie Newren tied for 17th at eigth-over. Another true freshman Catalina Guacaneme is one shot back at nine-over par and in 19th place.
The Cougars hold a two shot lead over 12th-ranked and three-time defending MWC Champions New Mexico. The Cougars, who have finished fourth at the MWC Championship the past two years trail second-place Colorado State by just five shots.
The second round begins Friday morning and the final round will be held Saturday.
FIRST ROUND SCORES
Fin. Top 20 Teams Scores
1 UNLV 305
2 Colorado State Univ. 309
3 Brigham Young Univ. 314
4 New Mexico, U. of 316
5 San Diego State Univ 321
6 Wyoming, U. of 335
Fin. Top 20 Players School Scores
1 Sunny Oh UNLV 38- 35 73
2 Katrina Leckovic New Mexico 37- 37 74
3 Lynette Duran Col. St. 36- 40 76
Sandy Kim S.Diego St 36- 40 76
Hwanhee Lee UNLV 39- 37 76
6 Mayumi Motoyama Col. St. 38- 39 77
Symantha Mendenhall BYU 37- 40 77
Danielle von Arnim BYU 39- 38 77
Stephanie Linnell Col. St. 40- 37 77
10 Erin Borcherts UNLV 42- 36 78
Christine Hentzner UNLV 38- 40 78
12 Kailin Downs New Mexico 40- 39 79
Shayna Miyajima S.Diego St 41- 38 79
Shala Hanson Wyoming 39- 40 79
Trisha Quick Col. St. 39- 40 79
Elena Kurokawa UNLV 38- 41 79
17 Margaret Gibby BYU 37- 43 80
Natalie Newren BYU 40- 40 80
19 Catalina Guacaneme BYU 40- 41 81
Kellyn Newman New Mexico 41- 40 81
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