MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2008
Women's golf in fifth at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship
April 14, 2008
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Cold, wind and snow do not make ideal conditions for golfing.
But the JU women's golf team was able to battle through the less than ideal scoring setup to post a round of 324 and sit in fifth place after the first round of the 2008 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.
Green's eight-over par 80 led the Dolphins on the par-72 Ridges Country Club as only nine players were able to break 80 amid the treacherous conditions.
East Tennessee State took advantage of its home course to post a 298 (10-over par) to lead the tournament, led by Laura Jansone - who shot a five-under par 67 to lead the individual competition.
"I'm happy with how we played today," said JU head coach Jim Taketa. "We left some shots out there, but the course is playing really tough. The greens are fast and firm and when you throw in the wind, you have a very difficult test."
Green's round opened with six bogeys on the front nine, opening with back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 1 and 2, followed by a three-hole bogey stretch on Nos. 4 through 6. A bogey on the eighth sent her to the back nine at six-over par.
She was able to put together a strong back nine, starting with a confidence boosting birdie on the 10th to get back to five-over par. But bogeys on the three of the next four holes sent her to eight-over par, but she was able to rattle in four straight pars to finish in a tie for 10th.
Fudge has a solid start, with only two bogeys marring the scorecard on the front nine. Her back nine was a roller coaster, with a double bogey at the 11th, a bogey at the 13th, a triple bogey at the 15th, and back-to-back bogeys on the final two holes. Highlighting her finish was a birdie on the 16th, which gave her a disappointing 81.
Gibb meanwhile had the roller coaster front nine, opening with a birdie at the second to go to one-under par.
That success didn't last long as she made a triple bogey on the third and closed her front nine with three bogeys on the last four holes to make the turn at five-over par.
She was able to get her game back on track on the back nine as she had just three hiccups - a double bogey at the 11th and bogeys at the 12th and 18th.
Therese Karlsson shot an 82 to sit in a tie for 19th at 10-over par. She had a ominous bogey-double bogey-bogey start, but rallied with a birdie at the fourth but gave it away with a bogey at the seventh to shoot a 40 on the front nine.
The back nine featured a birdie on the 11th, but was saw a pair of double bogeys on 10 and 15 and three straight bogeys to finish the round with a little bit of a bad taste in her mouth.
Alexandra Andersen shot an 84 and is tied for 23rd at 12-over par. She opened the tournament with back-to-back bogeys, but a birdie at the 3rd was offset by a bogey at the fourth to sit at three-over par.
A bogey-triple bogey finish sent her to the back nine at six-over par. She followed with a triple bogey on the 10th, but put together six pars on the back nine with just two more blemishes - a double bogey at the 13th and a bogey at the 16th.
The Dolphins will tee it up again on Tuesday in the second round of the tournament with hopes of better weather. Andersen will start the Dolphins' starting five at 8:45 a.m.
2007-08 WOMEN'S GOLF