MONDAY, MARCH 08, 2010
Women’s golf slips to 11th at Eagle Landing Invitational
Melissa Magdor’s birdie on the 17th hole put the finishing touches on a season-best even-par 72 to lead the JU women’s golf team in the second round of the Eagle Landing Invitational.

Magdor’s even-par round led the Dolphins to a 20-over par, 308, slipping into 11th place in the 17-team field. Central Arkansas leads the event after 36 holes at 20-over par, holding a 24-shot lead over JU.

Magdor’s round moved her up 24 spots in the individual competition, as she is tied for 16th at seven-over par. Illinois’ Hailey Kotchmann leads the individual competition at five-under par after a two-under par 70 in the second round.

“We improved on our team score, but we definitely left some shots out there today,” said JU assistant coach Pamela Shelley. “We’ve got one more round and can move up the leaderboard if we play the way we’re capable of playing.”

Despite bogeys on her first two holes, Magdor showed her mettle by getting back to even-par on the front nine with birdies at the fourth and eighth holes. Her back nine was a roller coaster, starting with a bogey at the 10th that was followed by back-to-back birdies at the 11th and 12th.

But the prosperity didn’t last long as she had bogeys at the 14th and 16th before coming away with a birdie at the 17th to finish off an even-par 72.

Jessica Williams and Meghan Hughes each had the second best round of the day for JU, shooting a six-over par, 78. Williams was rolling at one point in the round, after three birdies in the first seven holes had her at two-under par.

Her round hit a rocky patch at the turn, going bogey-bogey-triple bogey-par-bogey from the eighth through the 12th turned her back over par at four-over. She righted the ship with five straight pars before a double bogey on the 18th gave her a 78 and slipped her into a tie for 10th after shooting an even-par 72 in the opening round.

Hughes improved by three shots in the second round, but had just one birdie en route to her 78, tying her for 60th at 15-over par for the event.

Francesca Yong shot an eight-over par 80, improving her score by two shots, to count towards the team score and sit in a tie for 74th at 18-over par.

Morgan Jackson shot a 12-over par, 84, to fall into a tie for 78th at 20-over par.

The Dolphins will tee off with James Madison and Kansas State at 8 a.m. on the 10th tee for the final round.