Cougars climb back to a third-place finish

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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)

The Cougars clinched a third-place finish at the Jim West Challenge Tuesday, with Alexandra White leading the pack for BYU and placing seventh individually.

“We played very well today,” said BYU women’s golf coach Carrie Roberts. “We played in tough conditions, but the girls were resilient. It’s always good to have our best score in the last round, and we did a lot of good things, but we can get better.”

White posted the best individual score for the Cougars in the second round, shooting a 72, and then went on to finish the tournament with a pair of birdies in the last round that left her at 11-over-par. Lea Garner also moved her way toward the front of the competition during the three-day tournament. She jumped 13 places and birdied three holes on the last day to tie for 12th at 16-over-par.

As a team, BYU held onto fifth place after the first day of play, in the 15-team tournament. By Tuesday, the Cougars had improved to third.

Freshman Annie Yang placed 19th for the Cougars, shooting 18-over-par. Maria Yacaman and Selu Fotu followed her performance, placing 45th and 57th and shooting 27-over-par and 30-over-par respectively.

Gonzaga took first place in the tournament, finishing at 26-over-par. Texas State followed closely behind, posting a score of 34-over-par.

The Cougars travel to California in two weeks for the Bruin Wave Invitational on March 3–4.

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