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The Lady Raiders ended their fall stint of the 2017-18 season this week, placing 13th in the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational in San Antonio, Texas.
14 teams participated in the event, including top-ranked Arkansas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Denver and Houston, aa well as Texas A&M, TCU, Maryland, Kansas State, Auburn, UTSA, North Texas and Texas State.
Upperclassmen Hanley Long, Jenna Burris and Cynthia Bounleutay, and freshmen Sophie Burks and Caroline Caudill, played the course this week.
On Sunday, the Lady Raiders teed off in the early morning and dealt with strong winds throughout the day. After one day of place, Middle Tennessee found themselves in 13th place.
Burris, Bounleutay and Long led the day in round one, with Burris and Bounleutay ending with a three-over par (75). Long finished the day with a five-over par (77).
Long led the field with four birdies on the day to tie in fourth place out of 74 golfers, while Burris tied for fifth with scoring on Par 4s (-1).
Bouncing back from their worst round of the season, the Lady Raiders scored a two-over par (290) to move up a spot to 13th in day two of the tournament.
Long led the Lady Raiders, as she scored a four-under par (68) with five birdies and an eagle to run up the leaderboard and into a tie for 17th. She also had a bogey-free day on day two, opposed to her day-one performance where she logged nine bogeys. Long matched her career-low round score with her four-under par.
Burks and Caudill both had better days by carding a one-over par (73) and a two-over par (74), respectively. Burks carded a team-high 14 pars of the day to match her career low of one-over par (73).
Bounleutay ended day two with the same score as day one with a three-over par (75), while Burris carded a four-over par (76).
The Lady Raiders ended their last fall invitational of the season by dropping one spot to 13th on the leaderboard.
Burris ended with a final charge to card a three-under par (69), which ended her day in a tie for 21st. Her three-under par (69) was her third round in the 60s in 12 rounds this fall. She also finished tied for 12th in the field in Par 4 scoring at one-over, and sixth in the field in birdies with the team high of 12.
Long ended the day carding a nine-over par (81), while Bounleutay ended with a six-over par (78).
Caudill ended her first fall season with the Lady Raiders carding a five-over par (77), and Burks ended her first tour with a 10-over par (82).
Tied 21st: Jenna Burris, four-over
Tied 46th: Hanley Long, 10-over
53rd: Cynthia Bounleutay, 12-over
Tied 65th: Caroline Caudill, 18-over
70th: Sophie Burks, 22-over
The Lady Raiders have successfully ended the fall portion of their 2017 season, and will kick off the spring season March 3-5, 2018, at the Hurricane Invitational in Miami, Florida.
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