Women's golf in fifth at the JU Invitational

Feb. 25, 2008

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Danielle Gibb fired a five-over par 77 to finish in a tie for fourth to lead the JU women's golf team in the inaugural JU Invitational.

Gibb, coming off the first top 20 finish of her collegiate career, led the Dolphins to fifth place in the five-team competition after a round of 322 at the par-72 Windsor Parke Golf Club.

Belmont leads the team competition after posting a 308 in the first round. Belmont's Lorie Warren carded an even-par 72 to lead the individual competition.

"We definitely left some shots out there today," said JU women's assistant coach Pamela Shelley. "We did some good things out there today, but we missed a lot of good birdie opportunities. I expect everyone to come out ready to rally tomorrow."

Gibb had just two bogeys on her front nine to open with a 38. She closed with a bogey on No. 14 and a double bogey on No. 16 to finish at five-over par.

Therese Karlsson carded an eight-over par 80 to tie for 13th. Karlsson opened the round with a bogey, but got back to even with a birdie at the fourth.

A bogey at the fifth was followed by back-to-back bogeys at seven and eight to finish the front nine at three-over par. Three straight pars opened the back nine, but a bogey-triple bogey on No. 13 and 14 was compounded by a bogey on the 16th to finish the back side at five-over for an 80.

Heather Fudge opened the tournament with a nine-over par, 81, to sit in 17th. Fudge bogeyed the second and fifth hole and had back-to-back bogeys to make the turn at four-over par. A double bogey compounded her problems but a bogey on the 15th was compounded by a double bogey on the 18th.

Jessica Green shot a 12-over par 84, with three straight bogeys on the front side and a triple bogey on the ninth. Another bogey streak plagued her on the back nine as she closed with a 43 on the back nine.

Alexandra Andersen carded an 87 in the first round to sit in 25th place. Jessica Williams shot a 97 to sit in 28th.

The Dolphins will tee off the final round on Tuesday starting at 7:30 a.m. JU Invitational Notebook

- While this year's tournament is the first, plans are in place to make it an annual event. "We wanted all the teams to come in, have a good time and play a challenging golf course and I think we've accomplished that," said JU head coach Jim Taketa. "We are going to meet after this week and see what we can do to make the tournament bigger and better for next year."

- Mike Kaminski from First Coast News came out to cover the tournament and is not a good luck charm for the Dolphins. All five Dolphins hit into the greenside bunker and failed to get up-and-down for par.

- The average score for the day was just a shade over 81. There was only one round at even-par, shot by Belmont's Lorie Warren. The back nine played difficult, with two of the final three holes averaging over par.

- This is a busy week for the JU women's team as they host the tournament before heading to the Wofford Invitational in South Carolina on Sunday.

- Shot of the day: Danielle Gibb hit a 6-iron to three feet on 141 yard, par-3 seventh hole. Unfortunately, she missed the birdie putt and took a par.