BYU golf teams take second and sixth at Cowboy Classic

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The BYU women’s golf team was led by sophomore Lea Garner, who jumped twelve places, leading the Cougars to sixth place at the end of the Cowgirl Classic.

Sophomore Lea Garner follows through with her swing during an early season invitational. Photo courtesy BYU Athletics
Sophomore Lea Garner follows through with her swing during an early season invitational. (Photo courtesy BYU Athletics)

“We had a 297, and any time you finish under a 300 it’s a good day,” said women’s head coach Carrie Roberts. “The girls all had a good round, and everything went well.”

Out of 20 teams in the tournament BYU tied for sixth place with Montana at 45-over-par. First place in the tournament was taken by New Mexico State with 23-over-par, followed closely by Santa Clara only nine strokes behind at 32-over-par.

Garner tied in tenth place overall, finishing 9-over-par with a pair of birdies on the day. Freshman Alexandria White wasn’t far behind, only two strokes behind at 11-over-par and three birdies, taking 17th place in the tournament.

Senior Selu Fotu tied for 22nd place with 12-over-par and three birdies. Freshman Annie Yang scored fairly well, taking 49th place at 18-over-par and two birdies in the final round.

The women’s team will enter the WCC tournament on April 14–16 and is feeling well prepared.

“We feel very confident going into the tournament,” Roberts said. “We feel like we can play well.”

The men’s team had an even more successful tournament, tying for second place at the Cowboy Classic. The Cougars tied with Colorado at 2-under-par. First place was taken by No. 11 Oklahoma, which finished 9-under-par, by seven strokes in the 54-hole tournament.

“It was an exciting day,” said men’s head coach Bruce Brockbank. “We got off to a great start, and that’s what we needed to be in contention.”

Junior Cole Ogden was the star athlete from BYU at this week’s tournament, tying for second place and finishing 5-under-par with three birdies and an eagle in the first five holes of the final round. Ogden was only one stroke away from first place, falling behind Oklahoma’s Michael Gellerman.

“Cole played phenomenal,” Brockbank said. “It was an incredible week for him, and we had a chance to win because of him.”

BYU finished well ahead its rivals, 11 strokes ahead by the end of the tournament. They also maintained a lead on WCC foes Gonzaga and Santa Clara by 22 strokes. The team will head to the WCC tournament next Monday as well.

“I think we’re very prepared for the (WCC) tournament, and we need to have our best stuff,” Brockbank said. “We’re excited about the opportunity.”

Both men’s and women’s teams will head to Bermerton, Wash., for the WCC tournament on April 14–16. The tournament will be held at the Gold Mountain Golf Club. Live stats can be found online.

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