Womens Golf Opens Up in JU Classic

Kyle Nanton

Photo Courtesy of JUdolphins

The Jacksonville University Women’s Golf team opened up their spring campaign Sunday, Feb. 6, at the JU classic. The team took little time to jump on the competition as they tied a tournament record in the first round of play. Senior Kristen Boettcher led the Dolphins carding the third-best round in the tourney’s history shooting an even par 72.

By the end of the first round JU sported three golfers in the top five of the days scoring.  Both senior Jessica Williams and junior Morgan Jackson finished the first round strongly carding a one-over par, and two-over par respectively.

JU Coach Mike Blackburn expressed his joy in the way the ladies played.

“I was really pleased with how we played today, everyone did a good job of managing their game and their emotions today,” said Blackburn.

Due to weather issues the second round of play was suspended and shortened the tournament to 36 holes which was completed Tuesday, Feb. 8. JU went into the “final round” holding a one-stroke lead over the University of Miami. In the final round of play JU carded a 322, Miami shot a 321 and Daytona State made an amazing comeback shooting a dominant 303. JU golfer Melissa Magdor led the Fins shooting a six over par. Magdor was joined by senior Meghan Hughes who also had a solid finish, with a 12 over par.

“I feel that we did really good, and the only thing we need to do is play the course one shot at a time, and not stress about the big picture,” said Hughes.

The Fins look to take the seniors advice in their next outing Feb. 20 at the Edwin Watts-Kiawah Classic.