BYU shoots 10 over in solo first round at NCAAs

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Playing alone Thursday in an unprecedented round at the NCAA Championship, BYU shot a 10-over 298 at Eugene Country Club. 

The 26th-ranked Cougars were led by Kendra Dalton, who shot a 2-under 70. Lea Garner birdied the last two holes for a 73 and Alex White shot 76, while Rose Huang counted a 79.

Though it was the first score posted at this year’s NCAAs, it will count as the Cougars’ third round. Because BYU does not play on Sundays for religious reasons, the NCAA accommodated the Cougars by allowing their five players to play alone on Thursday, after the practice round for the 24-team field.

The practice round was the only time that the teams and individuals played the course before the start of competition, so it was little surprise that it took six hours. 

When BYU finally teed off – in singles, at 4:05 p.m. local time alongside a rules official and walking scorer – it was cool and rainy. About a dozen coaches watched the Cougars play their round Thursday from outside the ropes. 

Of interest moving forward will be the conditions for Sunday’s third round, when the rest of the 24 teams play while BYU waits back at the team hotel. The forecast is for chilly temperatures and rain.

The low 15 teams after 54 holes advance to the fourth and final round Monday, when the individual champion is crowned and the low eight teams advance to the match-play bracket.  

The first round begins Friday at 7:30 a.m. local time. BYU will play at 8:36 a.m.