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Kelsey Vines Lifts Cougars to Fourth Place Finish at Yorba Linda

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2011) – Kelsey Vines shot a final-round 72, leading the BYU women’s golf team to a fourth-place finish Tuesday at The Gold Rush in Yorba Linda, Calif.
After finishing the first two rounds in eighth place, the Cougars benefitted from an even-par 72 in round three by Vines and moved up four spots to capture their second-consecutive top-five finish dating back to fall competition.
“We struggled on the first day, but the girls came back for a very respectable finish,” said BYU head coach Carrie Roberts. “The girls kept positive attitudes and improved on the final day.”
Vines finished in sixth place overall, her second-consecutive top-10 individual finish on a challenging par-72 Yorba Linda Country Club Course.
“Kelsey played great on a very tough golf course,” Roberts said.
Senior Jade Bollinger and junior Maggie Yuan shot rounds of 76 and 77 respectively on the final day, both tying for 22nd place.
Sophomore Amanda Keith shot a final-round 82 to tie for 46th place overall and freshman Annika Afoa finished seven strokes behind Keith to tie for 56th place. Senior Emily Copier, who competed as an individual, shot three-consecutive rounds of 79 to finish tied for 18th place overall.
The Cougars return to action Feb. 28 in the Bruin Wave Invitational in Santa Clarita, Calif. BYU is looking to improve on a 15th place finish in the tournament last spring. Follow first-round action live by visiting
The Field – The 2011 Gold Rush by Goldsmith
1.  San Diego State2.  Long Beach State 3.  Portland State 4.  BYU5.  New Mexico State 6.  Gonzaga 7.  CSU Northridge8.  San Francisco 9.  Cal Poly10. Colorado State11. UC Riverside12. CSU Fullerton
4      Brigham Young University                                   1st rd. 2nd rd. 3rd rd.     total6   Kelsey Vines                      80     76     72          228T22 Jade Bollinger                    80     82     77          239T22 Maggie Yuan                       83     80     76          239T46 Amanda Keith                      81     84     82          247T56 Annika Afoa                       84     80     90          254              Team                    324    318    307         642
T18 Emily Copier*                     79     79     79          237
* competed as an individual