SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012
Women’s golf finishes strong at the Eagle Landing Invitational

The Jacksonville women’s golf team finished the Eagle Landing Invitational by moving up another spot on the leaderboard to take home 15th place.


The Dolphins were led by Morgan Jackson’s two-over par, 74, to tie for 34th individually at 12-over par for the event.  South Florida won the team title at 19-over par, 883, to beat Maryland by three shots.  Campbell’s Kaylin Yost held on to win the individual title at 1-under par, 215.


Jacksonville carded its second straight 22-over par round of 310 to finish in 15th at 69-over par.


“We didn’t handle the conditions as well as we had hoped, but this was a great tournament and a great field for us to gauge where we are,” said JU head coach Ashley Prange.  “We know we’ve got a lot of work to do, starting when we get back to practice this week.”


Jackson’s round was steady.  Teeing off on the 10th hole, she bookended her front nine with bogeys at the 10th and 18th to make the turn at 2-over par.  She rallied from a bogey at the fourth hole with a birdie at the seventh to finish her solid play.


Natalie Schmett was the low finisher of the week for the Dolphins, carding a four-over par, 76, in the final round to tie for 24th at 10-over par.  She was 3-over par with six holes left, but back-to-back birdies at the fourth and fifth holes had her back to one-over par.  A double bogey-bogey finish ended her hopes of a top 20 finish with an over par round.


Gaia Olcese had her best round of the tournament with a 7-over par, 79, tying her for 81st at 25-over par.  Francesca Yong shot a 9-over par, 81, and tied for 73rd at 239, 23-over par.  Jessica Welch shot a 10-over par, 82, and tied for 90th at 245, 29-over par.


The Dolphins are back in action on Wednesday when they host Princeton in a head-to-head match at Hidden Hills Country Club.  Tee times start at 1:30 p.m.