TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010
Daytona State wins the 2010 JU Classic
Mitsuki Katahira’s one-under par 71 helped Daytona State equal its tournament record round on Tuesday to claim the 2010 JU Classic at the Hidden Hills Country Club.

Katahira’s 71 is the second-lowest round recorded in the event and helped her rally to win the individual title with a two-round total of even-par, topping Cincinnait’s Bambee Dela Paz by four shots.

Tournament host JU finished seventh in the 11-team event at 88-over par, led by Meghan Hughes who finished in a tie for 16th after a four-over par, 76.

“We let this round get away from us,” said JU assistant coach Pamela Shelley. “We’re hitting the ball well, we’re just not scoring well. Now that we’ve got a tournament under our belts, we know where we stand and what we need to do to get better.”

Daytona State finished the 36-hole event at 20-over par, beating Stetson by 14 shots.

Just two bogeys and a double bogey marred the scorecard for Hughes, who improved on her first round total by six shots to claim her third top 20 finish of the season at 14-over par.

Melissa Magdor tied for 26th at 18-over par, 162, after carding an 83 in the final round. A triple bogey got her round off to a rock start, but a birdie at the 18th gives her momentum entering the next event.

Kristen Boettcher shot a 10-over par, 82, to tie for 32nd at 20-over par. Much like Magdor, a double bogey got her round off to a slow start, but she recovered to play the last four holes at even-par.

Jessica Williams tied for 46th with the second-best round of the day for JU, posting a nine-over par, 81. Williams made the turn at eight-over par, but chipped in for a birdie on the 18th to finish off an 11-shot improvement from the first day, finishing at 29-over par.

Francesca Yong was seven-over par through five holes and was never able to generate any momentum as she finished with an 86 to tie for 36th at 21-over par.

Morgan Jackson, playing as an individual, had a stellar round, carding a six-over par 78 to tie for 20th at 15-over par. Jackson made the turn at three-over par and followed with a three-over par back nine to claim her second top 20 finish of the season.

The Dolphins are off until March 6 when they participate in the Eagles Landing Invitational.