MONDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2009
Women’s golf tied for eighth at the Pinehurst Fall Challenge
Meghan Hughes carded a one-over par 73 and Paige Gifford shot a three-over par 75 to lead the JU women’s golf team in the first round of the Pinehurst Fall Challenge.

As a team, the Dolphins posted a round of 310, 22-over par on the No.6 course and are tied for eighth place. College of Charleston leads the 15-team event after shooting a three-over par, 291.

Ainhoa Nogales of Charleston and Lucia Fernandez of Jacksonville State are tied for the individual lead after shooting two-under par, 70. There were seven rounds of even-par or better on the opening day.

“Paige and Meghan played really well today,” said JU assistant coach Pamela Shelley. “I think we made some progress today and we know we need a good day tomorrow to move up the leaderboard.”

The Dolphins struggled on the front nine all day, making the turn at 15-over par, before shooting seven-over par as a team on the back nine.

Hughes opened the round with a four-over par front nine, but was three-under par on the back nine to tie for eighth. Gifford starred on the back nine as well, making the turn at three-over and shooting even-par on the back to tie for 15th.

Melissa Magdor finished tie for 39th after shooting an eight-over par, 80. She was five-over at the turn before coming back in with a 39.

Francesca Yong shot an 82, going five-over par on both nines, to finish in a tie for 51st. Kristen Boettcher is tied for 53rd at 11-over par, 83, shooting six-over par on the front nine.

The Dolphins will take part in the second round on Tuesday, starting at 8:45 a.m.