FRIDAY, MARCH 09, 2012
Natalie Schmett tied for 11th at the Eagle Landing Invitational
Freshman Natalie Schmett overcame a slow start to card a 2-over par, 74, in the opening round of the Eagle Landing Invitational and is tied for 11th.

Despite opening the round with three bogeys in her first six holes, she rallied to finish seven shots behind Campbell’s Kaylin Yost – who carded a 5-under par, 67.

As a team, Jacksonville shot 313 and is 17th place in the elite field and is just 13 shots from the top 10. South Florida leads the event after shooting a one-under par, 287.

“We got off to a slow start today ,” said JU head coach Ashley Prange. “We definitely left a lot of shots out there, but we also did a much better job on our back nine of keeping it together. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we also have two rounds to make up some shots and move up the leaderboard.”

Schmett’s rally started with a birdie at the par-4 fourth and followed it up with another at the par-5 fifth. A bogey on the par-4 ninth, her final hole of the day, ended her round with a 74.

Morgan Jackson carded a six-over par, 78, thanks to a two-over par back nine, to tie for 51st. Francesca Yong shot an eight-over par, 80, rallying with a three-over par back nine to tie for 73rd. Jessica Welch shot a nine-over par, 81, to tie for 84th. Gaia Olcese shot a 10-over par, 82, and is tied for 87th.

The Dolphins will tee it up in the second round on Saturday.