MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011
Women’s golf in seventh after first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships
Morgan Jackson carded a four-over par 76 to lead the JU women’s golf team after the first round of the 2011 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship at the Victoria Hills Country Club.

The Dolphins carded a 26-over par round of 314 to finish in seventh place, 20 shots behind Kennesaw State, who leads the team 10-team competition by three shots over Campbell.

Jackson, who has led the team in stroke average this season, is tied for 18th in the individual competition, trailing Mercer’s Kimberly Graff, who carded a two-under par 70 to hold the lead after 18 holes.

“We struggled coming in today and that kept us from posting a good score today,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “I was really pleased with Morgan’s round today. She got off to a rough start, but kept battling all day to put together a good round.”

The rough start was a double bogey at the first, but just two more bogeys were recorded on the front nine to make the turn at four-over par. Five straight pars were broken with a bogey at the par-5 15th, but a birdie at the par-4 18th ended her round on a high note, getting back to four-over par.

Melissa Magdor carded the second best round of the day for JU, a five-over par 77, to finish in a tie for 22nd. She made the turn at even-par after a birdie at the par-5 ninth, but four bogeys in the last five holes put a damper on her round.

Kristen Boettcher battled all day to card an eight-over par, 80, to finish in a tie for 32nd. A double bogey at the first got her off to a rough start, eventually making the turn at five-over par. Four bogeys and a birdie at the par-3 11th rounded out a back nine 39 to finish her round.

Meghan Hughes carded a nine-over par 81 to finish in a tie for 36th. She made the turn at two-over par, but struggled on the final four holes, playing them five-over par.

Jessica Williams carded a 12-over par 84 that was poised to be much better before playing the final two holes at five-over par. She is tied for 42nd place.

As a team, the Dolphins played the final four holes at eight-over par, falling from 18-over par to 26-over par.

JU will go off early again on Tuesday in the second round with Belmont. Fans can follow the team via live scoring at Golfstat.com.