MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012
Women’s golf takes third at the Low Country Intercollegiate

 In the hunt for a team title entering the final round, the Jacksonville women’s golf team stood just one shot out of the lead out of the Low Country Intercollegiate.


Yet fate had another plan for the Dolphins as JU finished third, just three shots behind defending champion Appalachian State and one shot behind second place Radford.


Playing with only four players after Gaia Olcese withdrew due to illness, the Dolphins stayed in the hunt for their first team title since 2007 but couldn’t overcome the deficit despite a three-over par 75 from Jessica Welch.


“I’m proud of how hard we fought, especially knowing on the first tee that your score was going to count,” said JU head coach Ashley Prange.  “We’re gaining confidence each time out and if we continue to improve, we will keep putting ourselves an opportunity for a big breakthrough.”


Welch posted the low round of the tournament for the Dolphins, moving up to claim a top 10 finish – tying for 10th at 10-over par, 154.


Princeton’s Kelly Shon and Newberry’s Maria Luz Besio shared the individual title at 5-over par, 149.


Natalie Schmett entered the day looking for her second individual title of the season, but came up short, tying for eighth after shooting a five-over par, 77, to finish at 9-over par, 153.


Morgan Jackson took home a top 20 result, finishing in 12th place at 11-over par, 155, after carding a five-over par 77 in the final round.


Francesca Yong carded a nine-over par, 81, and tied for 32nd at 18-over par.


The Dolphins return to the links on Thursday when they travel to Venetian Bay Golf Club, home of the 2012 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship, and face three-time defending champion Stetson in an 18-hole match.