BYU women’s golf wins their tournament while the men struggle

Tommy Higham
The BYU women’s golf team wins their first tournament of the 2015-16 season. (Tommy Higham)

While the BYU women’s golf team won their tournament, the men’s team struggled to find their footing.

The BYU women’s golf team won their first tournament of the 2015-16 season with junior Alexandra White leading way. Freshman Rose Huang also stepped up in her first tournament.

“To have two players in the top-10 is incredible,” said women’s head coach Carrie Roberts. “Rose finished in the top-5 in her first tournament as a freshman.”

The BYU men’s golf team struggled to capitalize as they finished last on the first day of play and 13th in round two. The team finished 40-over-par after the second round of play. Head coach Bruce Brockbank said the team just struggled but sophomore Patrick Fishburn and sophomore Zach Pritchard were able to play well for the Cougars.

The men’s team saw improvement on day two of the match. Coach Brockbank liked the improvement but said he hoped for even more positive play in the final round of the tournament.

The team finished 14th overall and 51-over-par for the tournament. Fishburn led the team finishing six-over-par and tied for 24th overall. He also finished the final round two-under-par. CJ Lee was the runner-up behind Fishburn finishing 12-over-par and tied for 43rd.

Mark Philbrick
Patrick Fishburn competes at the St. Mary’s Invitational at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California. (Mark Philbrick)

White, of the women’s team, finished round three scoring even par, one-over-par for the tournament, and finished fourth place overall in the tournament. Huang finished round three strong by scoring two-over-par and finishing fifth place alongside White. Coach Roberts said their consistency is what won them the tournament.

BYU women’s golf finished 12-over-par over all in the tournament. San Jose State finished in second and California finished third behind the Cougars.

“The girls played great this week,” Roberts said. “I am excited for what’s to come.”

The women’s next shot at success will be Monday and Tuesday Sept. 28-29 in Portland, Oregon at the Rose City Collegiate. The men’s next tournament will be the Husky Invitational on Sept. 21-22 in Cle Elum, Washington.

The women’s golfers are on track for more success but the men’s golfers need to look for more consistent play if they want to compete for tournament wins.

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