Women’s golf tees it up at the Xavier Intercollegiate
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Coming off a second place finish at the Sea Trail Intercollegiate, the JU women’s golf team looks to be in contention again this weekend as they participate in the Xavier Intercollegiate.

The event will take place on the par-72 Legends Course at LPGA International. Last season, Jacksonville finished 11th in the 15-team event.

“I know the team is fired up to get back out there after playing well last week,” said JU assistant coach Jen Poth. “We got a lot of work done in practice this week and I think it’s going to pay some dividends this weekend.”

For three Dolphins, it’s a chance to return to their home course. Kristen Boettcher, Melissa Magdor and Meghan Hughes know the Legends Course well from their two seasons at Daytona State.

In between the two events, Hughes won the qualifying tournament and is rounding into the form that made her one of the regulars in the lineup last season. Hughes had the best finish for JU last season, tying for 22nd.

“Meghan’s game has made a big turnaround in the last few weeks,” Poth said. “She’s hitting the ball well and is playing with a lot of confidence, which is so important in this game.”

Boettcher has taken her game to a new level this season, leading the team in stroke average (75.0) and has posted two top 10s in two events.

“This past summer I worked really hard on my game,” Boettcher said. “I’ve really worked hard on my putting more than anything. This is my senior year and I want to go out with a bang.”

Magdor is coming off a 17th place finish at Sea Trail, where she fired a four-over par 76 in the final round, her best score of the season thus far.

Joining that trio for the event will be Jessica Williams and Morgan Jackson.

Jackson is coming off the best finish of her career, taking home second place at Sea Trail after firing an even-par 72 in the final round. She’s second on the team in stroke average (77.25) entering the tournament.

“Morgan’s game is really taking flight now,” Poth said. “She’s much more comfortable on the course and she’s managing her game well, not getting too high or too low out there.”

In her final season at JU, Williams is third on the team in stroke average and is playing by far the best golf of her career. She tied for 14th at Sea Trail and carded a season-best two-over par 74 in the final round.

“Jessica always wants to get better and she’s continuing to work every day, which is all you can ask for out of a student-athlete,” Poth said. “She’s seeing the value of that work now and knows that there are some great things around the corner for her game.”

The Dolphins will open the 54-hole event with first round on Friday, followed by the second round on Saturday and the final round on Sunday.