SPRINGVILLE - Sophomore Lea Garner led the BYU women's golf team to a fifth place finish on the first day of the Hobble Creek Invitational.
"I thought we left a lot of shots out there, but I think they're going to be more motivated tomorrow," BYU women's golf head coach Carrie Roberts said. "There were a lot of positives and we did a lot of good things today."
Garner finished in first place after the first two rounds at 1-over-par with the help of nine birdies. Grand Canyon's Charlotte Jaengkit was right behind her at 2-over-par.
At the end of the day, West Coast Conference foe San Francisco remained in first at 22-over-par, Gonzaga improved to second at 32-over-par, while BYU dropped to fifth (+43).
Garner led all 77 players after the first round finishing 1-under-par, and senior Annika Afoa Kahaiali'i tied for fourth at 2-over-par. The Cougars were tied at third with conference foe Gonzaga, while San Francisco sat in first place at 15-over-par following the first round.
"Lea was solid and consistent," Roberts said. "She's a great player and she worked really hard over the summer, so I'm not surprised that she's leading. She's in a great position and put us in a great position to be in."
Kahaiali'i is tied at 11th place at 9-over-par with five birdies, while senior Selu Fotu tied for 29th at 15-over-par following the first two rounds of the tournament Monday.
In-state participants Southern Utah (+51), Weber State (+59), Dixie State (+63) and Utah Valley (+76) finished 7th, 8th, 9th and 11th, respectively. UVU's Lynn-Marie Nagel is tied at fifth at 7-over-par.
The Cougars will return to action Tuesday morning with tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m. MST. Live stats for the third round can be followed on Golfstat's website.
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