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The Lady Raiders traveled to Furman University to play in the Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville, South Carolina this weekend.
With 17 teams all across the south competing in the invitational, the Lady Raiders showed significant improvement from their first match by ending up in fourth place overall and only one stroke out of the top three.
Lady Raiders Jenna Burris, Hanley Long, Cynthia Bounleutay, Savannah Quick and Caroline Caudill competed in the event.
Caudill, Boulentlay and Burris leading through the tournament
The Lady Raiders started out strong by ending day one in fourth place, and ending day two in third. Burris logged one out of the three Eagles on the day, and Caudill carded a one-under par (71) to become the first freshman to shoot under par since Burris and Long did back in the 2015-16 season.
The trio of Bounleutay, Caudill and Burris led the team for the finish in the top five.
Bounleutay continued her momentum from the Mason Rudolph Invitational, matching her career-low round of 74. She also notched three birdies on day one.
On day two, she carded a career-best 72, putting her in the top 14 in the invitational through 36 holes. On the final day, Bounleutay finished for her best three-round total in her Blue Raider career at six-over par.
Burris kept her game strong going into the second invitational, leading the field of the ninety-three golfers in par-five on day one. She logged a two-under (70) to move into a tie for sixth place overall, while leading the trio of Burris, Bounleutay and Caudill in the top fifteen players in the day. She continued to lead the field on par-five, and ended the invitational with her second career finish in the top five.
Caudill started off the first day carding one-under (71). On day two in the trio with Bounleutay and Burris, Caudill tied for fifth on par-four scoring. Her 28 pars in 36 holes were third in the field on day two, only two behind the first place pars held by Furman. Caudill finished her second invitational in her collegiate career tied for tenth at two-over par.
Lady Raiders finished this invitational one place higher than last season when they took fifth at the same course, finishing Sunday 11-over par in fourth place.
Tied 4th- Jenna Burris 73-70-69, four-under
Tied 10th- Caroline Caudill 71-73-74, two-over
25th- Cynthia Bounleutay 74-72-76, six-over
Tied- 26th Hanley Long 77-73-73, seven-over
Tied- 77th Savannah Quick 77-82-79, 22-over
The Lady Raiders will be heading to the Johnnie Imes Invitational from October 2-4 in Columbia, Missouri at the Club at Old Hawthorne.
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