Record setting round gives JU first round lead of the JU Classic
The JU women’s golf team took advantage of pristine scoring conditions, tying the tournament record with a 10-over par, 298, to sit atop the leaderboard after the first round of the JU Classic at Hidden Hills.

Senior Kristen Boettcher posted the third-best round in tournament history with an even-par 72 to tie for first place in the individual competition with Miami’s Maria Ronderos.

The Dolphins round of 298 ties the record set by Daytona State in the first and second rounds of last year’s event en route to the title. JU holds a one shot lead over Miami in the seven-team event.

“I was really pleased with how we played today,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “Everyone did a good job of managing their game and their emotions today. This is a great start, but there is still a lot of golf left to be played.”

There are 14 players within five shots of the individual lead, with JU sporting three in the top five. Senior Jessica Williams carded a one-over par, 73, to sit alone in third place while junior Morgan Jackson had a two-over par, 74, to tie for fourth.

Boettcher had a bogey at third, but quickly answered with a birdie at the fourth to make the turn at even-par. A birdie at the 11th got her into red numbers, but a bogey at the 13th sent her back to even. She had a birdie on the 17th, but a bogey at the 18th gave her an even-par round.

Williams, who was a late sub after Francesca Yong withdrew due to injury before teeing off, opened the round with six straight pars before a birdie at the seventh. She would bogey the eighth and ninth to make the turn at one-over par.

She answered with a strong start to the back nine, making a birdie at the 11th to get back to even. A three-putt bogey at the 15th sent her back to one-over par, where she finished her round – her best this season.

Jackson got off to a rocking start with a birdie at the fourth, but a bogey at the seventh sent her to the back nine at even par. Back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 10 and 11 got her to two-over par, a birdie at the 16th was quickly negated by a bogey at the 17th as she authored a 74.

Melissa Magdor carded a seven-over par, 79, in the first round and is tied for 15th place while Megan Hughes posted a 10-over par, 82, to finish in 23rd.

Playing as individuals, Carlie Gehlhausen shot a 12-over par, 84, to tie for 25th while Allison Cornell carded a 17-over par, 89, to tie for 33rd.

The Dolphins will tee off in the final groups starting at 10:21 on Monday with Miami and Daytona State.