DANVILLE, Calif. - No. 38 Brigham Young increased its lead to 11 strokes after the completion of the second round at the 2016 West Coast Conference Championships at the Blackhawk Country Club Lakeside Course.
The Cougars take a 36-hole score of 583 (+7) into the final round of competition and have three team members in the top five on the individual leaderboard. BYU has never finished higher than third since joining the WCC for the 2012 Championship, but the Cougars are poised to end reigning champion Pepperdine's 14-year championship streak.
BYU is being led by individual leader Lea Garner, a senior who shot an even 72 Tuesday to bring her two-day score to a 2-under 142. Sophomore Kendra Dalton sits third with a 1-over 145, and freshman Rose Huang rounds out BYU's competitiors in the top-five with a 2-over 146.
Pepperdine sits second in the team standings with a 594 (+18) and will need strong performances from the entire lineup alongside freshman Patricia Wong, who is one-stroke behind Garner for second on the individual leaderboard with a 71-72=143 (-1), to mount a comeback against a Cougars team that finished last at the 2015 Championship.
Gonzaga finds itself just three strokes behind the Waves with a 597 (+21) and are on pace for their fifth top three finish in the last six years. Freshman Jena Gao tops the Zags board with a 4-over 148 for sixth on the individual leaderboard.
BYU, Pepperdine and Gonzaga will tee of on the 10th tee at 9:15 a.m. in Tuesday's second round. San Francisco (606) and Santa Clara (606) are tied for fourth and will tee off at 8:20 a.m.
Vanessa Ha of San Francisco continues to lead the field in birdies carded at eight, but the first round leader fell to fourth Tuesday after a quadruple-bogey on the par-3 7th.
The tournament concludes Wednesday at the Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, Calif.
Team Standings: 1. Brigham Young 288-295=583 (+7); 2. Pepperdine 293-301=594 (+18); 3. Gonzaga 296-301=597 (+21); T4. Santa Clara 302-304=606 (+30); T4. San Francisco 294-312=606 (+30)
Top Individuals: 1. Lea Garner (BYU) 70-72=142 (-2); 2. Patricia Wong (Pepperdine) 71-72=143 (-1); 3. Kendra Dalton (BYU) 71-74=145 (+1); T4. Vanessa Ha (San Francisco) 68-78=146 (+2) (-4); T4. Rose Huang (BYU) 73-73=146 (+2)