Provo • Rainy weather couldn't keep the BYU men's golf team from taking the first-round lead Thursday at the 54-hole West Coast Conference Golf Championships at its home course, par-72 Riverside Country Club.
The No. 47-ranked Cougars shot a 9-under-par 279 (lowest four scores count) and lead St. Mary's by four shots heading into Friday's second round. Pepperdine is in third place, followed by Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara.
BYU's No. 27-ranked women's team, afforded the opportunity to defend its 2016 title on its home course, is in second place behind No. 36 Pepperdine after the Cougars shot an 8-over-par 296 and the Waves a 3-over-par 291. San Francisco is in third, 11 shots behind BYU.