The BYU women’s golf team finished third in its season opener at the Hobble Creek fall classic on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The event was planned to go from Monday to Tuesday, but heavy rain on Tuesday led to a cancellation of the second day’s competition. The first two rounds on Monday were the deciding scores for the invitational.
Twelve teams competed in the invitational, along with 20 individuals. New Mexico State won the tournament, shooting 9-over-par. Santa Clara placed second with 22-over-par, and BYU finished in third with 23-over-par.
Junior Lea Garner had a strong second round on Monday that put team BYU in the top three. Garner had 11 birdies that helped her move from sixteenth place at the end of the first round to fifth place at the end of the second. Garner finished shooting 3-over-par.
“We had a lot of good things happen,” BYU Coach Carrie Roberts said. “We really had it going in the second round. Everyone contributed, which is good. We have a lot of good things to go off of.”
Sophomore Annie Yang and junior Carly Oldroyd assisted in BYU’s success at the invitational. Each shot five birdies to bolster the team’s score. Yang finished the tournament shooting 13-over-par; Oldroyd totaled 8-over-par.
Maria Yacaman, Kendra Dalton and Carly Oldroyd all tied for 12th, place shooting 8-over-par.
Freshman Sierra Harr did well in her first competition as a Cougar. She shot 9-over-par and finished in a tie for 19th place as an individual. Sophomore Brooklyn Anderson Hocker also competed as an individual and shot 16-over-par.
BYU’s next tournament will be Sept. 15–16 at the Dick McGuire invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico.