MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010
Women's golf tied for fifth after first round of the A-Sun Championship
The JU women’s golf team battled through some tough scoring conditions in the afternoon to sit in a tie for fifth after the first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship at the par-72 Venetian Bay Golf Club.

Leading the Dolphins’ effort was freshman Francesca Yong, who tied for the third lowest score at JU since 1993 with an even-par round of 72. It is the sixth round of even-par or better for JU this season and a career low for Yong, with her previous best being a one-over par 73 two weeks ago at the Cincinnati Spring Invitational.

“I was really nervous on the last few holes and asked Pamela (JU assistant coach Pamela Shelley) to stay with me,” Yong said. “I just hit fairways and greens, and only missed one up and down when I didn’t hit the green.”

The Dolphins were on top of the leaderboard at the turn at two-over par, but struggled down the stretch as the wind kicked up over the final few holes with JU finishing with a 17-over par 305.

Florida Gulf Coast carded a six-over par, 294, to hold a two-shot lead over East Tennessee State. ETSU’s Laura Jansone leads the individual competition after carding a three-under par 69, with two birdies in her final three holes.

“We got off to a great start but we didn’t finish well in the wind on the back nine,” said JU assistant coach Pamela Shelley. “Francesca played a rock solid round, hitting fairway and greens all day. When you do that, you’re going to shoot a good score on this golf course.”

Yong got off to a great start with a birdie on the first and followed it up with a birdie at the sixth to make the turn at two-under. She had just two bogeys on the back nine, those coming at No. 11 and No. 16 to finish off her 72. She is tied for second in the individual competition.

Kristen Boettcher had the second best round of the day for JU, carding a four-over par 76 to sit in a tie for 19th. She made the turn at one-over par with just one bogey coming at the par-5 first. On the back nine, she had three bogeys – coming at Nos. 10, 14 and 16, to finish off her round.

With her birdie at the 18th, Paige Gifford shot a six-over par 78 to tie for 25th. She was at even-par through seven, but a bogey-triple bogey finish sent her to the back nine at four-over par. Gifford then made bogeys at the Nos. 10, 13 and 15 before capping her round with the birdie on the last.

Meghan Hughes was one-over par through 15, but struggled with a double bogey-triple bogey-bogey finish to shoot a seven-over par, 79, and sit in a tie for 28th. She opened the round with a birdie-bogey start, with a birdie at the sixth and a bogey at the eight to make the turn at even-par.

A bogey at the 12th was her only blemish before her struggles on the final three holes.

Melissa Magdor wrapped up the Dolphins scoring with a nine-over par, 81, to tie for 37th. Battling some back problems throughout the day, she opened the round with three straight bogeys and a double bogey at the seventh sent her to the back nine at five-over par.

She held her round together with just a bogey at the 10th before three straight bogeys at Nos. 14, 15 and 16 finished her round.

The Dolphins will tee off at 9:20 a.m. on Tuesday, with Magdor starting off. The final round is scheduled for Wednesday morning.