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UTAH GOLF CHALLENGE: BYU's second-string men's golf team was just good enough to hold of a determined Utah State squad to win the inaugural Weber State/Utah Golf Challenge Tuesday in St. George.

The Cougars scored a total of 870 to USU's 871. Utah was third (880), Weber State's men fourth (886), Utah Valley fifth (901) and Southern Utah sixth (905).

In a unique format that had the women's teams competing along with men's, the Cougar women shot a 908 to finish seventh, just three strokes behind SUU and seven behind Utah Valley. Weber State's women's team was eighth (980).

Utah State's Todd Tanner won the individual title, shooting a 13-under par 203 for the tournament. BYU freshman Billy Harvey was second at 212, while Utah's Shawn Edwards came in third (213).

BYU's Catalina Navarro had the best finish among the women, tying for fifth with BYU's Scott Piercy and Utah's John Owen at 218.

The Cougar women led the men's teams from UVSC and SUU after the first 27 holes on Monday, coming in with a total of 449 to 453 for UVSC and 456 for SUU. However, after playing less than a week earlier in Hawaii, fatigue became a factor on the second day and BYU's women came in at 459 on the second day to fall to seventh.

BYU's men had a five-stroke lead after the first round-and-a-half on Monday, but the strong play of Tanner, who shot seven under on Tuesday, nearly brought Utah State the victory.

For BYU, women's team members Susanne Gillemo and Jamie Stevenson tied for 14th, along with Utah State's Mitch Harris and Casey Beck and SUU's Tyler Barlow at 224.

"This was a nice event," said BYU men's coach Bruce Brock-bank. "I was proud of these guys for coming down here and playing well."

The top four scores from each team were counted toward the team total.

The tournament was played on the Sunbrook Golf Course, with the men playing a 10,202-yard course and the women playing 8,979-yards. Both played for a par of 108 for 27 holes.

Utah State

GYMNASTICS: USU's first recruit for the 1999 season, Katherine Vehar signed a national letter of intent to enroll at Utah State in the fall of 1998.

Vehar, who hails from San Diego, is a senior at Torrey Pines High School where she has a 4.10 GPA. She is a member of the Southern California Elite Gymnastics Academy where she is a Level 10 gymnast.

Last season she scored a 36.15 at the state championships in the all-around and has a best individual apparatus score of a 9.6 on the uneven bars.

She is planning to major in business with a future career in corporate law.