BYU roundup: Cougar men third at WCC golf meet

2012-04-18T00:00:00Z 2012-04-20T21:55:32Z BYU roundup: Cougar men third at WCC golf meet Daily Herald
April 18, 2012 12:00 am

HOLLISTER, Calif -- BYU's Zac Blair shot a 3-under 69 in the second round of the West Coast Conference Championships on Tuesday to help the BYU golf team move into third place in the standings.

Blair is at 139 after two rounds, tied for second overall in the medalist standings behind Jonathan De Los Reye of Saint Mary's, who is in at 138.

Saint Mary's leads the team standings, as well, at 561 after shooting a 274 first-round score, followed by a 287 on Tuesday. BYU had a 286 on Tuesday and is at 576 overall. San Francisco is second at 567 after a 278 on Tuesday.

Blair had six birdies and three bogeys in the round. Other BYU scores were Clay Ogden 71 (143 overall, Devon Purser 73 (145), Jordan Hammer 73 (145) and Justin Keiley 74 (146).

• Women's golf: At Hollister, Calif., BYU senior Maggie Yuan is within striking distance or medalist honors after shooting a second-round 4-over 76 at the West Coast Conference Championships.

While Yuan, who led the tournament after Day 1, dropped from first to second, she is just two shots behind tournament leader Alina Ching of Pepperdine.

Yuan checked in at 150, while Ching is at 148. Gonzaga's Stephanie Corey, Pepperdin'es Somin Lee and Seattle's Caitlin McCleary are also at 150.

"Maggie is playing really well right now," BYU coach Carrie Roberts said.

Yuan has finished in the top 20 in seven of eight tournaments this year, but has not captured an individual title since her sophomore year.

Other BYU scored are Lauren Atkinson, who also shot a 76, at 160, Amanda Keith 164, Annika Afoa 166 and Maria Yacaman 166.

BYU is sixth overal at 638. Pepperdine leadss at 609, followed by Gonzaga at 611.

The WCC championship concludes today with the final 18 holes.

• Men's track: Senior track and cross country athlete Miles Batty has been selected as one of six finalists for the NCAA's 2012 Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship.

The Byers Scholarships were established in 1988 to recognize the contributions of former NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. Recipients must have at least a 3.5 grade-point average, demonstrate evidence of superior character and leadership, and show that participation in athletics has been a positive influence on their personal and intellectual development.

The scholarship rewards one male and one female athlete $24,000 per year for graduate work and the athletes can renew the scholarship.

Batty earned a spot at this summer's Olympic qualifiers in the 1,500 meters and later broke the indoor collegiate mile record with a time of 3:54.54 at the Millrose Games in February. In his senior year as a cross country runner, Batty was named a 2011 USTFCCCA All-American as well as Mountain Region Athlete of the Year. Batty placed 14that the 2011 National Championships and won four individual cross country championships throughout the year.

Batty is double majoring in neuroscience and exercise science and has maintained a 3.93 GPA. COSIDA named Batty an Academic All-American twice and he was named the 2011 COSIDA National Scholar Athlete of the Year in addition to four other scholar athlete of the year accolades

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