TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
Women’s golf falls to eighth at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate
Freshman Natalie Schmett carded an even-par 72 in the final round to claim a top 10 finish, but the JU women’s golf team dropped to eighth place in the season opening Great Smokies Intercollegiate.

Schmett cared back-to-back 72s to finish in a tie for eighth in her first collegiate event after a dominating high school career in Indiana.

Eastern Kentucky won the 23-team event at even-par, carding a four-under par 284 in the final round to rally past Western Carolina. The Dolphins shot a 13-over par, 301, to slide from a tie for third to eighth at 17-over par.

Western Carolina’s Sofie Kvarnstrom won the individual title, carding a six-under par 66 in the final round to win by three shots at nine-under par.

“Playing in the final group with a chance to win the tournament was a great experience for our young group today,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “While we didn’t finish like we hoped, this was a great start to our year and we can use this as a building block for a successful season.”

After posting a two-under par 70 in her first collegiate round, Jessica Welch shot a three-over par 75 to fall into a tie for 11th at one-over par.

Gaia Olcese just missed a top 20 finish, tying for 21st after posting a three-over par 75 to finish at four-over par for the event. Morgan Jackson added a seven-over par, 79, to the team score to tie for 87th at 12-over par.

Alison Cornell shot an 86 to tie for 113th individually.

The Dolphins are off until Oct. 7 when they play in the Xavier Invitational in Daytona Beach, Fla. at LPGA International.