Women’s golf in 11th after opening round of the Xavier LPGA Invitational
A tough golf course and equally tough weather conditions took its toll on the JU women’s golf team in the opening round of the Xavier LPGA Invitational.

Junior Gaia Olcese shot a six-over par 78 to lead the Dolphins as JU posted a 38-over par, 326, to sit in 11th place after the first round.

Campbell leads the 13-team competition after shooting a 10-over par, 298, to hold a six-shot lead over Louisiana-Monroe. North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson, one of the top amateurs in the country, shot a two-under par 70 to hold a two-shot lead in the individual competition.

“When the weather gets tough, you have to keep your focus on the game and we didn’t handle it well today,” said JU head coach Ashley Prange. “This is another learning experience for our young team as we continue to grow each day.”

Freshman Natalie Schmett carded a nine-over par, 81, to sit in a tie for 39th topping fellow freshman Jessica Welch by one shot, with Welch in tie for 45th at 10-over par.

Senior Morgan Jackson shot a 13-over par, 85, to tie for 54th while Allison Cornell carded a 23-over par, 95, to sit in 72nd place.

The Dolphins will tee off in the second round on Saturday morning with the tournament concluding Sunday.