Women’s golf heads to regionals hoping to outperform low rakings

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    By Jeff Harris

    The BYU Women’s Golf Team started their warm-ups for the West Regional tournament on May 1 by winning the Mike Farrell Invitational in Ogden.

    “We are playing our best golf of the season,” said head coach Gary Howard.

    The BYU team beat the five-school field by posting scores of 310-304-614 on the 36-hole tournament. The cougars were led by All-Conference co-player of the year Carrie Summerhays who shot a course record 73-71-144.

    “Carrie won this tournament last year, so she was defending her title,” said Howard.

    The victory was the sophomore’s fourth of her career tying her for second in tournament victories at BYU.

    Besides Summerhays, two other BYU golfers finished in the top 10. Adrianne Gibby finished in fourth place with two rounds of 77 for a final of 154, and Jessica Gardner shot 79-78-157 to finish in eighth place.

    BYU’s fourth golfer, Angela Bradford, shot 83-77-160 and finished in eleventh place individually.

    “It was overall, a good team effort,” said Howard.

    The team from Weber State University finished second, 16 strokes behind the cougars, followed by Eastern Washington, Montana, and Idaho State.

    The BYU women’s team found out this week they will be one of the 24 teams from west of the Mississippi to participate in the Western Regional Tournament May 11-13 at the Karsten Golf Course at Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz.

    “This was a good warm up for regionals,” said Howard.

    BYU will enter the Regional Tournament ranked 49th in the country by GolfWeek. Of the 24 teams in the regional, BYU is ranked below everyone except Washington State University.

    Howard is optimistic about his team’s chances in the tournament.

    “I still think we have a chance to do fairly well,” Howard said in a news release. “We hope to finish higher than we are ranked,” said Howard, “we still haven’t played our best golf yet.”

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