DANVILLE, Calif. - No. 38 Brigham Young shot even par as a team to take an early lead at the 2016 West Coast Conference Championships at the Blackhawk Country Club Lakeside Course.
The Cougars own a five-stroke lead at 288 after the first round of competition with two golfers in the top three on the individual leaderboard leading the way. Reigning champion Pepperdine sits second on the par-72 course with a team score of 293 followed by San Francisco in third at 294.
"We had a great start to today's round," BYU head coach Carrie Roberts said. "The girls managed themselves and finished well. We look forward to competing tomorrow."
BYU, Pepperdine and San Francisco will tee of on the first tee at 9:15 a.m. in Tuesday's second round. Gonzaga (296) and Santa Clara (302) will tee off at 8:20 a.m.
Senior Lea Garner paces the Cougars with a 2-under 70 followed by teammate Kendra Dalton in a tie for third at 71. Freshman Rose Huang was the third Cougar to finish the first round in the top six of the individual leaderboard with a 1-over 73.
Sophomore Vanessa Ha of San Francisco sits atop the individual leaderboard after the first 18 holes. Ha, who has won twice this season at the Rose City Intercollegiate and the Sacramento State Invitational, shot an opening round 68 to open a two-stroke lead over BYU's Garner. Ha got off to a blazing start and played her first nine holes 4-under par. She ended her round with a birdie on the par-5 ninth, which was her seventh birdie of the day.
The tournament continues Tuesday and will conclude Wednesday at the Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, Calif.
Team Standings: 1. Brigham Young 288 (E); 2. Pepperdine 293 (+5); 3. San Francisco 294 (+6); 4. Gonzaga 296 (+8); 5. Santa Clara 302 (+14)
Top Individuals: 1. Vanessa Ha (San Francisco) 68 (-4); 2. Lea Garner (BYU) 70 (-2); T3. Kendra Dalton (BYU) 71 (-1); T3. Patricia Wong (Pepperdine) 71 (-1); 5. Hira Naveed (Pepperdine) 72 (E)