WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010
Women’s golf ties for sixth at the 2010 A-Sun Championship
Francesca Yong broke the school record for the lowest round, carding a two-under par, 70, as the JU women’s golf team finished in a tie for sixth at the 2010 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship on the par-72 Venetian Bay Golf Club.

Yong, who opened the tournament with an even-par 72 to tie for the third-lowest score in JU history, beat the previous record of one-under par set by Kristen Boettcher earlier this season and Therese Karlsson from the 2007-08 season.

She finished the tournament tied for sixth at five-over par, 221, to break the school record for lowest 54-hole total – topping the previous record of nine-over par by Aroha Fanning at the 1998 Pat Bradley Invitational.

“I played really well today and just stayed within myself,” Yong said. “I was able to hit a lot of good shots and made a few putts, but I never really got out of my routine.”

Stetson repeated as conference champions, rallying from a 12-shot deficit to take home the team title by four over Kennesaw State. ETSU’s Laura Jansone won the A-Sun title for the second time, finishing at three-under par for a two-shot win over Stetson’s Alexandria Buelow.

Yong led the Dolphins’ starting five that shot 14-over par to finish at 51-over par, 915, for the event after a final round of 302, the fifth-lowest round by the Dolphins since 1993. The 54-hole team total is the lowest in program history, topping last year’s record-setting performance in the A-Sun Tournament.

Starting on the back nine, Yong opened the day with a birdie at the 14th with a bogey at the 18th sending her to the back nine at even-par. She bounced back from the bogey with a birdie at the first and a long birdie putt at the sixth, just missing a birdie putt on the ninth to shoot 69.

“I’m really proud of how well Francesca played this week,” said head coach Mike Blackburn. “She played solid throughout the week and can use this round as momentum for next season.”

Melissa Magdor had her best round of the week, carding a three-over par 75 with two birdies, to tie for 34th at 19-over par.

Kristen Boettcher carded a four-over par 76 to tie for 24th at 13-over par, with one birdie. Paige Gifford shot a nine-over par 81 in her final round as a Dolphin to finish in 38th at 21-over par. Meghan Hughes shot a 10-over par 82 to tie for 34th at 19-over par.

The Dolphins finish the season with the lowest stroke average in program history, beating the previous record by more than 4.5 shots per round.

“This season was a step in the right direction for the program,” Blackburn said. “We’re continuing to build and get better each year.”

Melissa Magdor (14th Hole)
Paige Gifford (15th Hole)
Meghan Hughes (16th Hole)
Kristen Boettcher (17th Hole)