Women’s Golf Vaults to Second at Cincinnati Spring Invitational
Jessica Welch (Photo Courtesy of Skip Tapp)
Jessica Welch (Photo Courtesy of Skip Tapp)
CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla.Jessica Welch was one of just two golfers to go under par in the second round of the Cincinnati Spring Invitational on Saturday, moving into a tie for first as an individual and helping the Jacksonville University women’s golf team move into second place entering the final round on Sunday. The Dolphins will try to catch Lynn, which holds a three-stroke lead as the teams pair up for 18 holes tomorrow beginning at 8:30 a.m.

With Welch firing a 2-under round of 70 that was the best individual round on Saturday, Jacksonville posted the best team score as well, coming up with a 293, two shots better than Lynn. The only other sub-300 round came from Florida Southern, currently sitting in seventh place. The Dolphins hold an eight-stroke lead over third-place Memphis, and are 11 strokes ahead of both Seminole State and Seton Hall. Welch is tied for current medalist honors with Jessica Bradley of Lynn and Sarah Storandt of North Dakota State.

Other low rounds for JU on the day came from Natalie Schmett and Morgan Matchett, each with 74. Schmett is in a tie for seventh place individually – four shots back of the pack in first – while Matchett is in a tie for 26th. Sabrina Rumbaugh added a 75 and is in a tie for 13th. Non-scorers for the Dolphins were Megan Collins with a 78 and Francesca Yong with an 83.

Following tomorrow’s final round, Jacksonville comes back home to host the Intercollegiate in two weeks at the Marsh Landing Country Club. JU welcomes in a field of 19 teams to the two-day event on April 7-8.

T1 Jessica Welch 75-70 = 145
T7 Natalie Schmett 75-74 = 149
T13 Sabrina Rumbaugh 77-75 = 152
T26 Morgan Matchett 81-74 = 155
T49 Megan Collins 83-78 = 161
T63 Francesca Yong 82-83 = 165