The EWU women's golf team opened up its season Monday with the first two rounds of the Bronco Fall Invitational at Kuna, Idaho's Falcon Crest Golf Club. Junior Marissa Borja, the Eagles' top returner, carded rounds of 74 and 75 to hold down a tie for 13th and lead EWU to a sixth place two-round total of 612 (304-308).
With one round left to play on Tuesday, Borja sits just three strokes away from the top five. As a team, the Eagles are a mere seven strokes out of fourth place.
Borja and fellow returner Caitlin Rice each posted 74 in the first round to lead EWU. Maddie Dodge shot 76 and newcomer Taylor Anderson tallied a 78 to allow the Eagles to end the morning with a team score of 304.
In the second round, Borja stayed consisted at three over par, while Anderson stepped up to claim the team's No. 2 score with a 76. Dodge and Rice carded rounds of 78 and 79, respectively, to end their days and put the Eagles' tally at 308.
True freshman Hannah Kim ended the day with rounds of 84 and 80 to finish fifth on the team after both rounds.
Although a big improvement on Day Two is needed for Eastern to come up with a top-three finish, their season opener is a huge positive considering their start last season. Exactly a year ago, the Eagles opened at the Oregon State Invitational with rounds of 322 and 337, a 47-stroke difference from Monday's effort.
Big Sky Conference opponents Portland State and Weber State are ahead of Eastern in third (595) and fifth place (607), respectively, but the Eagles lead conference opponents Montana State (eighth – 626) and Idaho State (10th – 674) after the tournament's first day.
The Bronco Fall Invitational concludes tomorrow with round three. Tee times begin at 8:00 a.m. Mountain time.