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The BYU women’s golf team opened its season Monday and Tuesday at the Circling Raven Invitational in Worley, Idaho.

The team finished the first day in second place. However, the team ended up placing eighth on the final day. The Cougars ended up shooting a 30-over par.

“We started off well and then faded,” said coach Carrie Roberts. “It was not our best tournament.”

The tournament had 22 teams compete and comprised three rounds.

Washington State University took first place and shot a 30-over par over the three rounds.

The tournament was full of many strong teams including West Coast Conference opponents San Francisco and Gonzaga. Both of these teams placed above BYU. San Francisco tied for second, while Gonzaga took sixth.

The best player for BYU was junior Maggie Yuan, who tied for 10th. Overall she shot a 13-over par.

Yuan was in second place after the first two rounds but fell to tenth during the final day of the tournament when she shot 10-over par.

Also leading the Cougars was sophomore Annika Afoa, who tied for 13th.  She was 1 point behind Yuan overall. She shot 11-over par.

Roberts said she was happy with how Afoa and Yuan played.

“Maggie and Annika played very well,” Roberts said. “It was a bright point.”

The other competitors for the Cougars were sophomore Amanda Keith, senior Ashley Malaska and freshman Maria Yacaman.

The Cougars need to practice and improve before their next tournament, Roberts said. She also expressed what she thinks the team needs to improve on the most.

“We need to work on our stroke game and find a way to get the ball in the hole,” Roberts said.

The team will compete again Oct. 3-5 at the University of Washington Invitational.

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