TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010
Women’s golf slips to seventh at the 2010 A-Sun Championship
The JU women’s golf team carded a 20-over par, 308, in the second round to slip into seventh place at the 2010 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship at the par-72 Venetian Bay Golf Club.

Meghan Hughes had the low round of the day for JU, carding a two-over par 74, to move up three spots into a tie for 25th in the individual competition at nine-over par through 36 holes.

ETSU is on top at 10-over par, holding a one-shot lead over Kennesaw State, who tied the tournament record with an even-par round of 288. ETSU’s Laura Jansone carded a one-over par 73 to maintain her place atop the leaderboard, sporting a one-shot lead over two players entering the final round. holds a one-shot lead over ETSU in the team competition, carding a tournament-record two-under par 286 in the second round. KSU’s Jordan Lazenby shooting a three-under par 69 to the take the individual lead at three-under, holding a one-shot lead over first round leader Laura Jansone from ETSU.

“The back nine did us in again today after we got off to really good start,” said JU assistant coach Pamela Shelley. “We put ourselves in a really good position to make a move, but we couldn’t keep our momentum going on the back nine, which is much more difficult than the front nine.”

Hughes opened her round with four straight pars before a bogey at the fifth, which she quickly erased with a chip-in birdie at the sixth to make the turn at even-par. Just two bogeys blemished her score card on the back nine, those coming at Nos. 10 and 17, to finish off the 74 – her second-lowest round of the season.

Kristen Boettcher had the second-best score of the day for JU, carding a three-over par 75 to fall into a tie for 25th at nine-over par with Hughes. After three bogeys in the first four holes, Boettcher ended the front nine with a birdie to make the turn at two-over par. Her back nine was marred by three bogeys at Nos. 11, 12 and 14.

Paige Gifford had the most promising round of the day for JU, but faded to shoot a six-over par 78. With a bogey on the first, Gifford got hot midway through the front nine – carding three straight birdies on Nos. 5, 6 and 7 to get to two-under par for the round.

The final 10 holes were unkind to the Dolphins lone senior, with back-to-back double bogeys at Nos. 9 and 10 followed by four bogeys over the final seven holes to post a 76.

Melissa Magdor and Francesca Yong each carded a seven-over par 79 to round out JU’s team score. Magdor opened the round with a birdie at the first, but a triple bogey at the seventh sent her to the back nine at two-over par. Battling back problems throughout the back nine, she had five bogeys – with three in the final four holes, to shoot a 79 and tie for 39th at 16-over par.

Yong, who was tied for second entering the day, slipped into a tie for 16th at nine-over par for the event. Her round got off to a rocky start – a double bogey at the first and a bogey at the fourth was calmed with a birdie at the eighth to make the turn at two-over par.

But the back nine was a battle, opening it with bogeys at Nos. 10 and 11 and finishing with three straight bogeys to fall back in the individual competition.

The Dolphins will tee off with Mercer and Belmont on the 10th tee for the final round.