BYU women's golf team to play third round first at NCAA championships

Here's something you don't read every day: The BYU women's golf team will play its third round of the NCAA golf championships before playing its first and second rounds.

The tournament, scheduled to start Friday for the 23 teams not named BYU, will begin Thursday for the Cougars. While everyone else will be using the day for a practice round, BYU will play its first competitive round, using Sunday hole locations. All teams return Friday for their first rounds.

Sound like a spoof on "Who's on first?"

Maybe we should start at the beginning.

On May 7, BYU celebrated after qualifying for the NCAA tournament, a six-day event in Eugene, Oregon.

WE DID IT!!!...Nationals here we come!!! ⛳️🙌 #ncaagolf #ncaatournament #regionals #nationals

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Long before those regionals were played, the NCAA championships were scheduled for a Friday-Wednesday block.

BYU, of course, has a strict policy against competing on Sundays. For example, the softball team, which qualified for the 2016 NCAA tournament, will play its regional games (against Missouri, Nebraska and Louisville) this week Thursday-Saturday while the rest of the 64-team field will play a Friday-Sunday schedule.

At the golf tournament, BYU alone will make the scheduling adjustment. The format calls for a 54-hole cut, so BYU would return Monday for the final round of stroke play after sitting out Sunday if it qualifies. That would be followed by two rounds of match play.

As you can guess, the quirky schedule has lots of folks debating who gets an advantage. Mother Nature, up to this point, has remained mum.

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