FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010
Women’s golf set to tee off at Cincinnati Spring Invitational
Coming off their best performance of the spring, the JU women’s golf team will tee it up at the Cincinnati Spring Invitational on Saturday.

The Dolphins are rounding into shape at the right time after placing fourth at the Low Country Intercollegiate on March 14, finishing just nine shots out of the lead.

Leading JU in the last event was Kristen Boettcher, who posted rounds of 78 and 76 to tie for 10th place and was joined in the top 20 by teammate Melissa Magdor, who tied for 13th.

“We’ve been improving the last couple of weeks in practice and it’s translating into lower scores,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “For us to be in the hunt for the title two weeks ago was a good experience for this group.”

One of the big boosts for the Dolphins has been the play of junior Jessica Williams. In the last two events, Williams has posted the two best finishes of her career and carded a career-best even-par 72 in the opening round of the Eagle Landing Invitational.

Williams’ play has helped JU since losing No. 1 Paige Gifford to a leg injury prior to the JU Classic in February. The entire team has picked up their game to be in contention last week.

“We know that we need everyone playing their best to compete as a team,” Blackburn said. “This is a great event on a great golf course to see our progress and get a gauge of where we are at this stage of the season.”

The 17-team field includes in-state rivals Florida Atlantic, Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast, as well as nationally recognized programs in Illinois, Rutgers, Memphis and UAB. The Dolphins will also be facing a familiar face in JoAnne Steele, the head coach at Montana who starred at JU in the early 90s.

The event starts with 36 holes on Saturday followed by the final round on Sunday.