Women’s golf has good performance in Hawaii

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The BYU women’s golf team showed improvement as they finished sixth at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Hawaii on Wednesday.

Throughout the three rounds of golf, which were spread out between two days, the team shot better scores than previous tournaments. Overall the team shot a 41-over par.

Out of the 12 teams participating in this meet, No. 1 UCLA won the tournament by shooting a 15-under, while No. 9 Stanford finished second by shooting a 5-under.

BYU coach Carrie Roberts saw a parallel between this tournament and the team’s season this year.

“It was just like the tale of our season,” Roberts said. “We kept getting better with each tournament. Ashley had a great score [Tuesday], Amanda [Wednesday] and Maggie was Maggie.”

Sophomore Amanda Keith had her breakout performance of the season. On the final day, she shot a team low of 70 and finished 20th overall with a 9-over. This is her first top-20 finish of the season.

Junior Maggie Yuan was the leader for the Cougars once again this tournament. Yuan shot a 5-over and finished in 13th. Yuan shot seven birdies throughout the tournament.

Yuan said the team performed well but has not reached their maximum potential.

“The team did really well,” Yuan said. “We struggled at the beginning, but settled in after the rain and the wind. I know I finished pretty well, but I believe that I can do a lot better.”

The other competitors for the Cougars were senior Ashley Malasaka who finished 24th, freshman Maria Yacaman who finished 40th and freshman Lauren Atkinson who finished 45th.

Roberts hopes her team will take this positive outcome and use it while preparing for the winter season.

“We’ll play a lot of team matches until finals and then we’ll work on our short game,” Roberts said. “Hopefully we can use this experience to jump start our winter season.”

The team’s next competition isn’t until February when the winter season begins.

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