SUNDAY, MARCH 07, 2010
Women’s golf in eighth at the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational
Jessica Williams carded an even-par round of 72 to lead the JU women’s golf team to eighth place after the first round of the Eagle Landing Invitational.

Williams even-par round has her tied for second place in the individual competition, three shots behind Illinois’ Hailey Koschmann, who shot a three-under par, 69.

As a team, JU shot 24-over par, 312, in the first round to trail Central Arkansas by 13 shots entering the second round in the 17-team competition.

“I’m really proud of Jessica and the way she played today,” said JU assistant coach Pamela Shelley. “Now, we’ve got to get everyone playing at that level.”

Starting on the back nine at Eagle Landing, Williams opened the tournament with a birdie on the par-5 10th and coupled with a birdie on the par-4 14th, she made the turn at two-under par.

A bogey on the first was followed by another on the fourth, but she rallied back with a birdie at the par-5 fifth, but gave that shot back with a bogey at the sixth. She finished with three straight pars to put the cap on the best round of her collegiate career.

Melissa Magdor has the second best round of the day for JU, carding a seven-over par 79 to tie for 40th. She made the turn at two-over par, but had five bogeys on her back nine to finish off her round.

Morgan Jackson had two birdies in her round en route to an eight-over par, 80, to tie for 49th. Meghan Hughes had two birdies, but had two double bogeys and a triple bogey to post a nine-over par 81, which is tied for 59th.

Francesca Yong shot a 10-over par, 82, to tie for 68th. She made the turn at three-over par with a birdie, but a pair of double bogeys with four bogeys saw her shoot seven-over par on her final nine holes.

JU will tee off its second round on the first tee at 8 a.m., playing with East Carolina and Kansas State. The tournament will conclude with the final round on Tuesday morning.