Women’s golf team finishes with season-best second place behind strong sophomore performance

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Lea Garner led the BYU women’s golf team to a second-place finish in the Matador Invitational on Tuesday and claimed second place individually in the process.

“It was really windy today, but I thought the girls battled and we had a great finish,” said BYU women’s golf coach Carrie Roberts. “I’m encouraged with how we performed this week.”

Finishing at 59-over-par, the Cougars’ performance was their best all year. They trailed CSU Northridge by 36 strokes and led third-place Cal Poly by five strokes.

Garner finished 4-over-par, including three third-round birdies. Missing first place by only four strokes, she tied for second out of 53 competitors. Roberts attributes her performance to focus and confidence.

Lea Garner hits a shot during the Hobble Creek Tournament. Photo by Sarah Hill
Lea Garner hits a shot during the Hobble Creek Tournament. Photo by Sarah Hill

“Lea has a great mindset right now and has a lot of confidence,” Roberts said. “She’s been playing great, and she knows she has a chance to win every week.”

Freshmen Alexandra White and Annie Yang both finished in the top 20, showing the potential of the young Cougars.

BYU sets its sights eastward for the next competition, Feb. 17–18, in New Braunfuls, Texas, for the Jim West Challenge.

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