MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012
Women’s golf tied for fourth entering final round of USA Invitational
After battling a two-and-a-half hour delay and torrential rain, the Jacksonville women’s golf team enters the final round of the USA Invitational in a tie for fourth place, just five shots out of the lead.

The Dolphins have three players in the top 20, led by senior Morgan Jackson and freshman Natalie Schmett. They each shot a four-over par 76 and are tied for eighth in the individual competition.

As a team, JU shot 21-over par, 309, and trails host South Alabama by five shots after the 54-hole tournament was shortened to 36 at the Azalea City Golf Club. Caitlin Watts of UAB leads the individual competition after carding a one-over par 73.

“I was pleased with how well we handled the delay and the conditions today,” said JU head coach Ashley Prange. “We’ve put ourselves in contention again, we just need to come out ready to focus on each shot and do the best we can.”

Joining the duo in the top 20 is Gaia Olcese, who is tied for 14th after shooting a five-over par 77. JU’s team scoring was rounded out by an eight-over par 80 from Jessica Welch, which has her tied for 30th. Francesca Yong carded a 12-over par 84 and is tied for 51st.

The Dolphins will tee off on Tuesday morning in the final round with Louisiana-Monroe and Troy, as seven teams are within 10 shots of the lead.