Women’s golf in 11th at the Lady Paladin Invitational
Meghan Hughes fired a five-over par 77 to lead the JU women’s golf team in the first round of the Lady Paladin Invitational.

Played on the par-72 Furman University Golf Course, the Dolphins carded a 30-over par 318 to finish the first round in 11th place in the 17-team event.

Georgia State leads the event after carding a 14-over par 302, while there is a three-way tie for first place in the individual competition at one-over par with 10 players within two shots of the lead.

“I’m really proud of Meg for the way she played today,” said JU assistant coach Jen Poth. “She’s put a lot of work in to get back on track and it’s paid off. Unfortunately, we just made a lot of mistakes today and this is a golf course that punishes you for a bad shot.”

Hughes made the turn at four-over par after a sluggish start that saw her bogey Nos. 3 through 5. She started her back nine with a birdie at the 11th and finished the inward nine at one-over par, with bogeys at the 13th and 17th. She sits in a tie for 17th at five-over par.

Kristen Boettcher opened her round with six straight pars, but was five-over par on Nos. 7-12, finishing her round with a seven-over par, 79. She is tied for 29th in the individual competition.

Morgan Jackson and Jessica Williams each carded a nine-over par, 81, and are tied for 49th place. Carlie Gehlhausen, playing in place of an injured Melissa Magdor, shot a 16-over par 88 and is in 84th.

The Dolphins will tee it up again in the second round on Saturday with the final round set for Sunday morning.